THE number of free-to-use ATMs in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk fell by 10 from July 2018 to July 2023.

The figures, provided by LINK, which runs the UK’s cash machine network, show the number of free ATMs fell by 14 per cent across that period.

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In June this year, Bank of Scotland announced they would close a further four branches in Hawick, Jedburgh, Eyemouth and Duns.

Scottish Borders MP John Lamont has accused them of ‘betraying’ valued customers in the Borders and met with bank representatives to demand answers on behalf of constituents.

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He said: “These figures are disappointing but not surprising as big banks have gradually reduced services in the Borders and other rural areas across Scotland and the UK.

“It’s a frustrating trend that I consistently raise with the banks and argue that they need to treat Borders residents better.

“Local people, especially the elderly and vulnerable, need access to cash services.

“I will continue to campaign to maintain and ideally increase the availability of free ATMs and bank branches across the Borders.”