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Ripon branch of Lloyds Bank to close

Ripon is set to lose its branch of Lloyds Bank next year.

Lloyds Banking Group has announced plans to close 49 branches under the Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds brands, with the loss of 99 jobs.

It says the closures are due to changes in customer habits and branches being used less often.

A spokesperson for Lloyds Banking Group said: "Customers are increasingly choosing to use digital and mobile channels for their everyday banking needs.

"As a consequence, the number of customers visiting some of our branches has declined in recent years.

"In response to this, we have confirmed the locations of some Yorkshire branches which will close next year across Lloyds Bank and Halifax.

"Branches remain a key part of the service we offer to customers, and we continue to make significant investment in revitalising our network, shaping it to their needs.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and have informed customers of the closest alternative branch."

However, union leaders are criticising the closures.

Rob MacGregor, Unite national officer, said: "Lloyds Banking Group needs to halt this unnecessary bank branch closure programme.

"Local communities are making it clear that the closure of their local branch excludes customers who cannot use digital means to conduct their financial transactions.

"Having returned to profitability, LBG needs to stop ignoring its corporate social responsibilities.

"Just over six months ago, the bank announced the closure of 100 branches and today another 49 branches.

"The news today will not be welcomed by staff or the customers left with no access to local banking."

Unite is urging Lloyds Banking Group to reconsider the closures and guarantee that there are no compulsory redundancies as a result of the announcement.

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