West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“The closure of yet another high street bank is very, very disappointing for its customers in West Lancashire where TSB now have no branches and customers would need to travel to Wigan, Maghull, Formby or Southport to visit a branch.
“TSB try to justify this decision by saying that their customer numbers at the Skelmersdale branch is down to just 48 per week.
“The closure will not take place until May next year and in the interim, TSB staff will be working with customers to support them moving to telephone and internet banking and advising them of options to visit an alternative branch which if you don’t have your own transport is going to be very difficult.
“TSB advise that customers will also be able to continue everyday banking activities such as cash and cheque lodgement and withdrawals at the Post Office.
“I have written to the Business Secretary to raise my concerns that banking choice and availability is being eroded by continued branch closures across many of the major banks. These banks were happy to take taxpayers’ money and be propped up by the taxpayer when they were facing bankruptcy but now the banking community appears happy to neglect those very same taxpayers and shut up shop leaving disadvantaged areas like Skelmersdale at further disadvantage.
“When Natwest closed they sent their customers to the Post Office, now TSB are doing the same – so what guarantees can the Government give that the Post Office will always remain open in local towns such as Skelmersdale.
“Ministers and the banks need to get a grip of this situation and plan what the future will look like for banking services and ensure they are providing access for ALL customers.”