LLOYDS banking group have announced the closure of 49 branches, leaving almost 100 people without jobs.
Branches under the Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds brands will be affected by the move, revealed yesterday.
The lender said the closure programme comes partly in response to the declining use of bank branches as customers turn to internet and mobile banking.
However union Unite called the closures “unnecessary” and said they were leaving more communities without access to local banking.
Unite national officer Rob MacGregor said: “Lloyds Banking Group [LBG] 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.
“The news today will not be welcomed by staff or the customers left with no access to local banking.”
Earlier this year, the lender said it would shut down 100 branches as it swung the axe on 200 jobs.
Unite is urging the banking group to reconsider the latest round of closures and to guarantee that no compulsory redundancies are made.
The closures are being pushed through despite Lloyds enjoying rising profits. Last month the bank unveiled a hefty rise in third-quarter profits with pre-tax profits more than doubling to £1.95 billion.
A Lloyds spokesman insisted that branches remain a “key part of the service” it offers.
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