HYTHE will lose its Lloyds branch after the banking group announced plans to close 48 locations.

The Marsh branch will close on February 7 next year, with the bank blaming the drop in customer visits.

But union Unite said closing 41 Lloyds Bank and seven Halifax branches would prevent thousands of customers from accessing vital services and cash, and could result in 178 job cuts.

Lloyds Banking Group Retail Director Vim Maru said: “Like many other businesses, we have seen people use our branches less frequently in recent years, and this decline continues.

“Our branches remain a fundamental part of how we serve our customers, but we need to ensure that the size of our branch network reflects the number of customers who want to use them. ”

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “Lloyds Banking Group’s announcement of the closure of 48 additional bank branches is a complete betrayal of the communities and staff who have long supported this highly profitable business.

“This industry needs to start taking its corporate social responsibilities seriously and stop neglecting its obligations to its customers and its workforce.

“Banks are leaving people behind in a rush to close bank branches and forcing consumers to use cashless to increase their mega-profits. It’s a classic example of putting profits before people.

Unite said he believes the banking industry should have a legal commitment to protect access to cash and bank branches.

The announcement will reduce the number of Lloyds Banking Group branches to 1,475, the union added.

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