North East MSP Mark McDonald has condemned state owned banks plans to ban basic bank account holders from using any machine not belonging to their own bank.
According to reports Lloyds TSB, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland basic bank account customers, who are often on low incomes, are to be banned from using any cash machine not belonging to their own bank.
Current account holders who pay fees every month will still be allowed to use any machine.
Commenting Mark McDonald said: “This move by the Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds is nothing short of scandalous.
“It clearly discriminates against economically deprived customers who will now face difficulties accessing their own money, particularly if they do not live within easy reach of a cash machine belonging to their bank.
“This policy will make life more complicated for customers on low incomes who tend to use cash machines more and could force them into the ludicrous position of having to spend more to get access to their own cash.