MSP hits out at criminals targeting business due to bank closures

Rhoda Grant MSP Member for: Highlands and Islands Party: Scottish Labour 26 April 2017 . Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

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Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has questioned Kate Forbes, the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, about reports that criminals are targeting rural businesses due to the lack of facilities to bank cash.

Mrs Grant, at Holyrood last week, asked what the Scottish Government was doing to support Highlands and Islands businesses experiencing losses due to cuts in rural banking services.

The MSP said: ‘Businesses that deal in cash are especially vulnerable because there appears to be increase in break-ins surrounding those types of businesses. That is costing them financially but also impacting on business confidence.’

Ms Forbes, the Lochaber MSP, said Mrs Grant raised a good point. She said advice on how to develop business crime reduction and prevention strategies was carried out by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre which received grant funding from the Scottish Government but also work was ongoing with the banks to ensure that between government and banks businesses have the security they need when it comes to dealing with cash.