Lloyds closes 44 UK branches, COVID-19 speeds up digitization
British bank Lloyds will close 44 branches in particular in the United Kingdom due to a boom in the use of online banking, but it is accused of denying certain communities access to cash.
Lloyds justifies its decision, saying Wednesday night that customers are “clearly“Fewer transactions in the agencies considered.
Vim Maru, Director of Retail Branches, explains that the growing number of online banking users and banking apps in particular were faced with, “We need to change for a future where agencies are used differently and less frequently“.
However, he claims that the group “continues to invest in our presence in the shopping streets“Set an example for another”conceptual agency“Which will open in Edinburgh this week.
“We will continue to offer our customers the choice of branches, online and app banking, video appointments, transformation services in one set of stores.“And attendance at 11,500 stations, in addition to several vending machines,” he concluded.
The Unite union, for its part, lamented Lloyd’s decision in a statement, saying it “erosion“His presence across the country”Denying our communities access to money and experienced staff for essential services“.
“A vending machine is not a good choice“, Underlines the union, which also underlines that the bank”Committed that the most affected employees will be redeployed to other sites with voluntary departure“Groups.
The bank says nine out of ten customers have a branch within a radius of about 8 km.