MP highlights Langholm cash access concerns

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell has raised community concerns in Langholm about difficulties some, mainly older people, face in obtaining cash, due to the temporary closure of the town's Cumberland Building Society branch.

The Society has suspended counter services at a number of smaller branches as an additional social distancing measure during the current Coronavirus emergency and has switched some staff to a central hub.

Mr Mundell highlighted with the Society the importance of the Langholm branch, particularly since the closure of the town's sub-Post Office.

He said: "The Cumberland's six days a week counter service is greatly valued by customers who do not use a bank card and, for various reasons, find using cash dispensers challenging.

"It is important something is put in place to ensure that those facing difficulties can have secure and easy access to their cash.

"I have highlighted these concerns to Des Moore, chief executive of the Cumberland Building Society, and, although he was unable to change his decision, he did give me reassurance about the longer term future of the branch after the current crisis is over."

Mr Mundell has also highlighted his constituents' concerns to Dumfries and Galloway Council's community issues service.