Doncaster Lloyds staff facing uncertain future as bank announces 3,000 job losses and 200 branch closures
Staff working at Doncaster's three Lloyds Banking Group branches face an uncertain future, after the lender announced it would be cutting 3,000 jobs and shutting 200 branches as it 'braces itself for a cut in interest rates following Britain's decision to quit the European Union'.
The part state-backed bank said a cost-cutting programme announced in 2014 will be extended and the 'expected lower for longer interest rate environment' will see the new cuts come into effect by the end of 2017.
There is not yet any indication of whether any of Doncaster's three branches, located in the town centre, Wheatley and Woodlands, face closure but the new figure is on top of 200 branch closures already announced by the group.
The Bank of England is widely expected to cut interest rates from 0.5 per cent to 0.25 per cent next week as the fallout from the Brexit vote intensifies.
Lloyds is targeting £1.4 billion in cost savings by the end of next year.
The bank made the announcement alongside results for the first half of the year, which saw statutory profits more than double to £2.5 billion, but the lender warned that Brexit could have an adverse impact on its future performance.
“Given the uncertainty, it is too early to determine the impact on our formal longer term guidance at this stage. However, while the business will remain highly capital generative, it is possible that this capital generation may be somewhat lower in future years than previously guided,” the bank said.
The total number of jobs cut since the announcement of an efficiency drive in 2014 will stand at 12,000 by the end of next year. The latest 200 branch closures come on top of another 200 already earmarked for closure at Lloyds, which is 9 per cent owned by the Government.
Chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said: “Following the EU referendum the outlook for the UK economy is uncertain and, while the precise impact is dependent upon a number of factors including EU negotiations and political and economic events, a deceleration of growth seems likely.
“The UK, however, enters this period of uncertainty from a position of strength, following continued private sector deleveraging, significantly improved mortgage affordability and low levels of unemployment.”