Lloyds has announced the closure of 53 more branches in the latest blow to the high street.
It takes the number of branches that have been shut or earmarked for closure so far this year across the industry to more than 500.
Like other lenders, Lloyds says it is closing branches because customers are increasingly opting for online banking.
However, campaigners argue that elderly and vulnerable account holders – some of whom struggle to use internet or app-based platforms – are being abandoned.That has been exacerbated by a sharp fall in the number of free-to-use cash machines.
Lloyds said the latest 53 branches set for closure had seen their usage fall by an average 55 per cent in the last five years
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