Banks are "retreating" from rural communities and leaving under pressure post offices to "pick up the slack", a UK minister has admitted.
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Banks should be "forced" to provide local branches, a powerful group of MPs has advised.
Highland post offices are "hanging by a thread" and need urgent support if they are to remain open, it has been claimed.
Post Office chiefs have apologised after a relocated branch opened without a promised measure to make it more disability-friendly.
An Aberdeen post office will relocate today as part of a national move to cut costs.
Residents in a Moray town who have been starved of a post office for two months will have vital services restored temporarily next week.