Barclays is the latest bank to announce fresh branch closures with 14 more locations to close this year. This is in addition to 41 closures that have already been announced.

Now 11 more in England, two in Wales and one in Scotland will close this summer.

The bank insisted the closures reflected a change in customer habits and took place in areas where there was no longer enough demand to support a branch.

Barclays is not alone – since 2015 almost 5,000 high street banks have shut down or are set to close and according to the UK’s cash machine network LINK, 257 bank branches are set to shut their doors for the final time this year, with TSB, HSBC and Lloyds all planning closures.

Last month HSBC announced it would be closing over 100 branches in 2023, blaming the pandemic for a reduction in footfall. Meanwhile Lloyds is closing 26 branches in 2023.

It means thousands will have to manage their money differently, although pensioners are particularly affected by the changes.

Almost half of over-65s would have to travel further if their local branch closes, with 28 per cent incurring extra costs to do so, according to research by Age UK.

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While many use online banking, a significant proportion are either unable or unwilling to do so.

Common barriers to digital banking for older people include not having a digital device or being unable to afford one, living in an area with a poor broadband connection as well as health issues and a lack of understanding of how digital banking works.

“Every week we hear of another round of bank branch closures, which means even more older people who don’t want to or who can’t bank online are left without an obvious means of managing their financial affairs,” says Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK.

“We know that the banks are closing branches to save money, but millions of older people have relied on banking face to face throughout their lives and are turning to Age UK for help.”

Barclays said it will maintain an in-person presence through its pop up banking sites which are live in over 200 locations, based in libraries, town halls, mobile vans and banking pods.

A spokesperson said: “As visits to branches continue to fall, we need to adapt to provide the best service for all our customers.

“We also support access to cash with our cashback without purchase service, 24-hour deposit-taking ATMs and by working alongside the Post Office and Cash Access UK.”

List of latest Barclays bank closures

  • 4 High Street, Manningtree, England, CO11 1AF – June 7, 2023
  • 6/8 High Street, Ringwood, England, BH24 1BZ – June 8, 2023
  • 58 High Street, Newmarket, England, CB8 8NH – June 9, 2023
  • 10 Bethcar Street, Ebbw Vale, Wales, NP23 6HQ – June 9, 2023
  • 21 Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, Scotland, G66 1HW – June 9, 2023
  • 10 Yorick Road, West Mersea, Colchester, England, CO5 8HX – June 13, 2023
  • 3 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, England, BR3 4ES – June 14, 2023
  • 47 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, CF47 8DL – June 14, 2023
  • 1 Tudor Square, West Bridgford, England, NG2 6BT – June 15, 2023
  • 29 High Street, Mildenhall, England, IP28 7EA – June 14, 2023
  • 21 High Street, Lymington, England, SO41 9YJ – June 15, 2023
  • 35 Notting Hill Gate, London, England, W11 3JR – June 16, 2023
  • 1 Station Road, Knowle, England, B93 0HW – June 16, 2023
  • 137 Brompton Road, London, England, SW3 1QF – July 7, 2023

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