Virgin Money is closing 31 branches across the United Kingdom, including some in the country’s smallest communities, for a total of
million. The closures have raised “serious concerns” about the impact on rural communities and vulnerable customers. It also means that around 112 employees are at risk of being laid off.
Here’s everything you need to know, as well as a complete list of branches that are closing. What are the concerns about the Virgin Money closures?
Unite expressed concern about the Virgin Money announcement and the vulnerable bank customers served by the branches. “Unite has serious concerns about the implications of this branch closure decision on staff and the communities they currently serve,” Debbie Hutchings, Unite industrial officer, said.
“The union is concerned that there are approximately 24,000 vulnerable customers spread across these branches, all of whom will need to be contacted directly by branch colleagues.” “This is a massive undertaking on an already stressed network..”
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