04 JAN 2018

Therese Presses Banks to Keep Last Branch Open

Following the disappointing decision by Lloyds to close their bank branches in Halesworth and Southwold Therese has written to the Chief Operating Officers of the last banks standing in other towns in her constituency to seek reassurance that there will be a long term commitment to keep them open.

Therese is seeking reassurance from Barclays Bank that they remain committed to Aldeburgh, Halesworth and Southwold and that HSBC are committed to continuing to operate a branch in Saxmundham – all of which are the last bank standing in these market towns.

Therese said: "The disappointing decision by Lloyds to close branches in Suffolk Coastal has led to heightened anxiety in other towns in my constituency. Following my petition several years ago Barclays gave me assurances that they had no intention of closing any of their branches in Suffolk Coastal. Despite this their Saxmundham branch closed last year so it is important we get some long term commitment. I have already heard back from HSBC, who assure me that after their closure of 62 branches nationwide last year, they currently have no plans to close any additional branches."

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