Lloyds bank to axe a further 15 branches

Lloyds Banking Group is closing another 15 bank branches as it moves forward with  plans to reorganise the business.
As many as 23 jobs will be lost when the branches close by the end of March.
The 15 branches due to shut are: Cardiff Business Branch, Buckley, Stapleford, Rowlands Gill, Mickleover, Madeley Telford, Leicester Narborough Rd, Heywood, Heanor, Coventry Earlsdon, Cardiff Bay, Cambridge Mill Rd, Bristol Redland, Blackwater and Basingstoke Winchester St. 
A Lloyds spokeswoman said: 'We have confirmed the locations of a small number of Lloyds bank branches which will close between January and March 2019. 
'These branch closures are in response to changing customer behaviour and the reduced number of transactions being made in branches.
'All branches announced for closure have a Post Office less than half-a-mile away so customers can still access their banking locally.
'We continue to make a significant investment in our branches and we are proud to have the largest network of branches in the UK.' 
The closures have so far been managed without compulsory redundancies, according to Union Accord. 
In April, Lloyds announced it was cutting 1,230 jobs across its branch network and some central functions.
A further 405 job losses were announced in the summer but the bank said its staff base would only fundamentally be shrunk by 255 roles as another 195 roles would be added.
The bank, under boss Antonio Horta Osorio, recently made 380 employees redundant in the lender's commercial banking, people and productivity, and retail and transformation divisions.
In recent months, Lloyds has been pushing forward with a restructuring of its workforce and branch network.
The reorganisation is hoped to make the bank more relevant amidst a boom in digital banking.
The decision for a reshuffle was part of plans to close a further 49 branches across both its Lloyds and Halifax brands between July and October of this year. 
Last year, Lloyds confirmed it was going to shut 100 branches, affecting hundreds of jobs, whilst in February it announced a further 465 roles were being axed.  
The bank said it was adding another seven mobile branches to its network and creating 925 roles elsewhere in the business to offset the closures.

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