Unite, a recognised trade union in Lloyds Banking Group (LBG), has described the decision by the bank to resume its bank branch closure as “unjustified and damaging”.

LBG has today (Wednesday 18 November) announced 56 branch closures across Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland. This decision will impact 160 jobs.

Rob MacGregor, Unite national officer said: “Unite has opposed these bank branch closures at every step. The decision to go ahead and close 56 branches is unjustified and damaging. This devastating news comes just two weeks after the bank announced the loss of over 1,000 jobs from across LBG.

“The pandemic has highlighted the vital role our local bank branches play in providing an essential service to the community. These closures don’t just cut a vital service from communities but also force customers to travel further to stand in larger crowds of customers queuing outside busier branches.

“Unite is opposed to these latest cuts and will continue to resist job losses and branch closures. The union has urged the bank to halt the branch closure programme and instead assess the impacts of any proposed closures on members, customers, and the local economic activity.

“Across the country, trade unions, MP’s and community groups have expressed their concerns to the banking sector about the negative impact their actions are having on local economies and the wider society. Once again the voice of customers and staff appear to be ignored in the rush to make short term savings.”

The branches were all initially identified to close over a six-month plan starting from April to October this year. Instead they will be raced through from March 2021 as LBG plays catch-up on the closure plans. 

The full list of branches identified as closing: 

  • Acomb

  • Auchterarder

  • Balfron

  • Bath Oldfield Park

  • Belvedere

  • Billericay

  • Blaby

  • Boscombe

  • Bournemouth West Southbourne

  • Bristol Downend

  • Bristol Hanham

  • Calne

  • Cheadle (Cheshire)

  • Cobham Surrey

  • Colwyn Bay

  • Cowbridge

  • Dursley

  • East Dulwich

  • Edinburgh Dalry Road

  • Edinburgh Greenside

  • Edinburgh Liberton

  • Edinburgh Tollcross

  • Galston

  • Gerrards Cross

  • Grantown on Spey

  • Hayle

  • Holmfirth

  • Hull Holderness Rd

  • Huntly

  • Killin

  • Kinross

  • Knaresborough

  • Leeds Moortown

  • Livingston

  • Loanhead

  • Locks Heath

  • London Blackheath

  • Malmesbury

  • Market Rasen

  • Marlow

  • Moreton

  • Mumbles Swansea

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne Haymarket

  • Nottingham Aspley

  • Portchester

  • Reading Lower Earley

  • Reddish

  • Scunthorpe Ashby

  • Southsea

  • Stoke Newington

  • Tullos

  • Turriff

  • Upton-by-Chester

  • Whitton

  • Wickham Hants

  • Worcester St Johns