Banks are "retreating" from rural communities and leaving under pressure post offices to "pick up the slack", a UK minister has admitted.
Ministers have pledged to "challenge the Post Office" over rural closures after Highland MPs raised concerns about disappearing branches and under pressure sub-postmasters.
The UK Government has ruled out intervening to ensure the north of Scotland is not ripped off by delivery charges – instead telling customers to “shop around” to dodge the surcharges.
Employers will not be able to use confidentiality agreements to stop workers from reporting crimes, harassment or discrimination to the police under toughened government legal measures to be proposed today.
The UK Government has been criticised as “out of touch” for failing to introduce legislation to prevent customers in the north of Scotland being ripped-off with excess delivery fees.