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Mark Carney: Lloyds actions 'clearly unlawful'

The governor of the Bank of England has strongly condemned Lloyds Banking Group for its attempts to manipulate two key interest rates.

Part of Lloyds' £218m fine from US and UK regulators relates to its attempts to reduce the fees it paid to the Bank of England for the Special Liquidity Scheme - a government programme to help struggling banks during the financial crisis.

Mark Carney was highly critical of Lloyds' conduct. Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Bank of England has now published a letter from governor Mark Carney to the chairman of Lloyds, Lord Blackwell.

"Such manipulation is highly reprehensible, clearly unlawful and may amount to criminal conduct on the part of the individuals involved," Mr Carney wrote.

Lloyds fined for fixing fees for taxpayer help

About £70 million of Lloyds' fine from financial regulators is for trying to manipulate the fees payable to the Bank of England for taking part in a government scheme to support British banks during the financial crisis.

The group is set to pay a total of £218 million to UK and US authorities after it became the latest lender to be punished over the rigging of interest rate benchmarks.

Lloyds has been hit by fines from both US and UK regulators. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Lloyds said the manipulation took place between May 2006 and 2009, adding that those involved have either left the company, been suspended or are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Barclays was the first to settle Libor rate-rigging claims, paying £290 million in penalties to US and UK regulators in June 2012, while state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland was hit with a £391 million settlement.

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Lloyds Bank to pay £218m fine for rate manipulation

Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to pay fines worth £218 million to UK and US regulators in relation to the manipulation of Libor.

Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to pay fines worth £218 million. Credit: Press Association

The US authorities have charged the bank with "manipulation, attempted manipulation and false reporting of Libor" between April 2008 and September 2009.

The firms manipulated the benchmark interest rate at which banks lend money to each other in order to reduce the amount it paid in fees to Bank of England.

Lloyds increases sale of TSB shares after strong demand

Lloyds Bank has increased the number of shares it is selling in TSB as a result of strong demand from investors.

The bank, a quarter of which is owned by the taxpayer, had initially decided to sell a 25% stake in TSB but has now upped the proportion to 35%.

TSB has been valued at £1.3bn. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The shares have been priced at 260p each, giving TSB a market value of £1.3bn.

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Lloyds Banking Group confirm job losses

File photo dated 18/03/14 of a general view of a sign for Lloyds Bank Credit: PA Images

Lloyds confirmed the job losses, but said 65 new roles will be created across group operations and retail.

A statement said: "Lloyds Banking Group is committed to working through these changes with employees in a careful and sensitive way. All affected employees have been briefed by their line manager today.

Compulsory redundancies will always be a last resort. In fact, since the strategic review in 2011 around only a third of role reductions have led to people leaving the group through redundancy."

Lloyds said that of 15,000 previously announced job losses, 13,055 will have gone after today's news.

Union urges no compulsory redundancies at Lloyds Bank

The Unite union has said it will press Lloyds Bank for a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies as the banking group was revealed to be axing 645 jobs and closing a telephone banking centre in Warrington.

Over 2,400 jobs have gone at the taxpayer bailed out bank since the start of the year leading to "plummeting" staff morale, said Unite.

Half the job losses half will result from the Warrington site's closure by the end of 2014, in a move Unite branded as "unjustified" and a "bad deal" for customers. Most of the other cuts will be from the group's wealth business and HR function, said Unite.

More: Lloyds Bank to cut 645 jobs.

£4.2 billion raised in selling taxpayer's Lloyds shares

As the government confirmed it has sold more of its stake in Lloyds Bank, ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills looks at what that means for the tax payer and the company:

UKFI is a company with HM Treasury as its sole shareholder which is mandated to manage the Treasury's shareholdings.

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