Leader, October 9 2020

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Bank closure will hit elderly hardest

Unfortunately it will be the elderly and most vulnerable residents in our community who will be the hardest hit by the TSB’s plan to close 73 Scottish branches including Campbeltown’s.

While it is possible to fulfil most banking needs online or via telephone, which is how many people choose to bank these days, there are some people who do not or cannot use such services.

Brian Sloan, chief executive of Age Scotland, said the charity was ‘appalled’ by the latest round of closures, adding: ‘Those who rely on branches most tend to be older, disadvantaged, or on low incomes, and may not find it easy to travel to the next town to do their banking.

‘Almost half a million people over 60 don’t use the internet, with the highest numbers in the most deprived areas. By turning its back on them, TSB clearly seems to be putting its profits before its customers.’

TSB customers from Campbeltown will now have to travel to Oban or further afield if they wish to visit a branch, something which is particularly concerning during the current pandemic when people are being advised to limit travelling.

One of Scotland’s most improved towns

Well done to all involved in the regeneration works which continue to transform Campbeltown’s town centre. The recent SURF Award shortlisting is very well deserved recognition of the unimaginable amount of hard work which has gone into the project.