On Thursday 30th November, local SNP MSP Ruth Maguire held a meeting with RBS Public Affairs Manager, Jamie Black, and Regional Director, Fiona Easton in the Scottish Parliament to discuss the proposed closure of the RBS Kilwinning branch.

The Kilwinning branch is due to close its doors on 11th June 2018 – with a number of jobs on the line.

When the news was first revealed earlier this month, Ruth wrote to both the RBS Chief Executive, Ross McEwan, and the local branch manager in Kilwinning, to express her concerns and implore them to reverse the decision – as well as offering to meet with them to discuss the situation.

Commenting after today’s meeting, Ruth said:

“Sadly, it appears that the Kilwinning branch will be closing as part of a wider national programme of closures.

It is now imperative that the focus is on protecting local jobs and ensuring that local customers are supported, particularly older customers and those who value face-to-face banking.

In today’s meeting, RBS said that they would be extending mobile banking facilities in light of the branch closure – and it is now crucial that they consult with local customers about where these services would be best placed.

I also remain concerned about potential compulsory redundancies for staff at the branch – and will remain in contact with RBS about any developments.

Following today’s meeting, I have written to RBS Regional Director, Fiona Easton, about the importance of consulting with customers locally regarding mobile banking – and requesting to be kept well up to date with any discussions around the future of local jobs.

I will keep constituents up to date with any progress and continue to do all that I can to support local jobs and local customers.”