Lloyds and Halifax closing 28 bank branches in 'inexcusable' betrayal of staff and local people, says union

"The management is letting down customers and their dedicated workforce," says Unite the union

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Lloyds Banking Group is to close 28 more branches this year. That includes 20 Lloyds branches and eight branches of Halifax.

A union has attacked news of more closures as “inexcusable".

Unite said the decision by Lloyds Banking Group to close more branches threatened scores of job losses.

The decision means this year alone 309 bank branches will have closed their doors.

Falling customer footfall was the reason the banking group gave for the shutting down of the 28 branches.

A branch of Lloyds Bank on Oxford Street, central London.
A branch of Lloyds Bank on Oxford Street, central London.

National officer Caren Evans said: “The branch closure announcement today that another profit making financial institution is failing to consider the needs of consumers and staff beggars’ belief.

“This news is another example of a bank choosing to walk away from the communities who need access to banking.

“The actions of Lloyds Banking Group over the last few months are completely inexcusable.

“The management is letting down customers and their dedicated workforce.

“These closures will leave some customers more than 10 miles from their nearest bank branch.

“This is a betrayal of some of the most vulnerable, elderly and socially excluded in our communities who need local access to community banking.”

Unite said over 5,000 bank and building society branches have closed since 2015.

A Halifax branch in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.
A Halifax branch in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

Here are the branches closing across the UK, as reported in The Mirror:

Lloyds branches closing

Norwich Heartsease - 23/08/2022

Thatcham - 24/08/2022

Ashby-de-la-Zouch - 25/08/2022

Bilborough Nottingham - 31/08/2022

Broadstone - 31/08/2022

Letchworth - 01/09/2022

Nottingham Hyson Green - 06/09/2022

Oadby - 06/09/2022

Plympton - 07/09/2022

Verwood - 07/09/2022

Ilfracombe - 12/09/2022

Whickham - 12/09/2022

Atherstone - 13/09/2022

Hadleigh - 14/09/2022

Swanage - 19/09/2022

Ystrad Mynach - 20/09/2022

Bourne - 21/11/2022

Heald Green - 22/11/2022

Banstead - 24/11/2022

Williton - 24/11/2022

Halifax branches closing

Coalville - 22/08/2022

Falmouth - 07/09/2022

Hoddesdon High St - 01/09/2022

Manchester Trafford - 05/09/2022

Lewes - 05/09/2022

Walton Vale - 08/09/2022

Dover - 13/09/2022

Dorchester - 22/11/2022