Responding to RBS’ 2018 results, which show profits doubling to £1.62bn, and a £977 dividend payment to the government, Fran Boait executive director of Positive Money said:
“Another dividend payout should cast even further doubt on the government’s plans to sell the public’s majority stake in RBS at a loss.
“It’s beyond clear that an RBS fire sale is not in the public interest. The government must rethink the sell-off and consider how a publicly owned bank can best benefit the whole country.”
The results come a day after YouGov polling commissioned by Positive Money found that only one in ten support the government’s RBS strategy, with most believing that a privatised RBS would not work in the public interest.
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