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Lloyds to close 44 branches

Lloyds Banking Group is to close another 44 branches, blaming a lack of customers at the sites as people move to digital banking.
The move comes in addition to previous announcements and means a total of 100 branches will close this year.
Lloyds and Halifax branded branches in England and Wales are included in the latest closure programme.
The Unite union condemned the move, saying the bank was "walking away from local communities".
"The decision to further erode its presence within our communities is baffling," said Unite national officer Caren Evans.
"The closure of 44 more bank branches will deny our communities of essential services such as access to cash and experienced highly trained staff. A local ATM is not a suitable alternative to a staffed bank branch."
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