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Forty Clydesdale branches to close with loss of 200 jobs

The bank said an ongoing decline in branch usage had led to the decision.

Bank: Union said move was concerning to local communities (file pic).
Bank: Union said move was concerning to local communities (file pic). © STV

Forty branches of the Clydesdale Bank are set to close in Scotland.

The bank announced the closures on Wednesday, saying an ongoing decline in branch usage had led to the decision.

Around 200 jobs are at risk because of the closures.

The bank said since 2011 the number of customers using high street branches for day-to-day transactions has fallen by a third.

A statement read: "This ongoing decline in branch usage, married to a sharp and sustained increase in digital and mobile engagement, has driven a shift to providing greater access to day-to-day banking services remotely, on the move and outside of normal business hours.

"The bank continues to reshape its service offering in response to these changing needs.

"To support this transformation the bank is committing £350m over the next two years, embracing digital innovation while continuing to invest in a more sustainable branch network to deliver a superior customer experience."

The bank said it would try to find roles for frontline branch staff either within other branches or elsewhere in the bank wherever possible.

However, it added: "However, there will inevitably be employee number reductions as a result of these changes.

"We anticipate that around 200 Clydesdale Bank staff will be at risk of redundancy and subject to our redeployment process.

"All employees affected by these changes will be fully supported through the process."

Unite the union said it was "bitterly disappointed" by the move, which will also see 39 branches close south of the border with another 200 job losses.

Rob MacGregor, Unite national officer, said: "Staff across the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank will be devastated to learn that 79 branches will close and consequently over 400 colleagues will lose their jobs.

"Unite is clear that the closure of a third of the bank's branches will not only be concerning for staff but the local communities which will see their bank branch close. This cost cutting plan leaves customers with less choice for local banking.

"Unite workplace representatives will be able to assist members over the coming days and weeks to support staff impacted by this announcement."

The branches set for closure include: Aberdeen Riverside, Aberlour, Aboyne, Alloa, Banff, Bathgate, Bearsden, Beith, Bellshill, Brechin, Buckie, Cambuslang, Castle Douglas, Cumnock, Dalkeith, Dunoon, East Kilbride Stuart Street, Edinburgh Leith Walk, Edinburgh University, Forfar, Fraserburgh, Giffnock, Glasgow Aikenhead Road, Glasgow Bath Street, Glasgow Charing Cross, Grangemouth, Johnstone, Leith, Leven, Mintlaw, Renfrew, Rosyth, Rothesay, Saltcoats, South Queensferry, Stonehaven, Stranraer, Thurso, Tillicoultry and Troon.

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