The “odds” for high street banks are looking bleak
Santander branches to close in Ballymoney, Belfast and Antrim
Santander are set to close three branches in Northern Ireland. The Consumer Council is advising affected customers to contact the bank to review their banking arrangements.
The branches set to close are Ballymoney (16 May 2019), Belfast (Newtownards Road -20 June 2019) and Antrim (30 May 2019).
The Consumer Council has found that 152 bank branches have closed their doors across Northern Ireland since 2010.
John French, Chief Executive at The Consumer Council said: “Many consumers may be worried about the news that their branch is to close. We are encouraging them to think carefully about their banking needs and call into the branch to discuss how those needs can be met post closure”.
John added, “Sometimes customers are content to move to online or telephone banking. However, for other customers, a branch they can visit is important, so switching may feel like the better choice”.
The Consumer Council has produced a range of materials and guides to help affected customers including a branch closure factsheet, a personal banking guide, a guide to switching banks, and a current account comparison table. All of these are available free of charge by contacting The Consumer Council on 0800 121 6022 or emailing [email protected]. Alternatively they can be downloaded from www.consumercouncil.org.uk.