Customers hit by bank card problems

Customers of banks including Lloyds, TSB and Halifax were left unable to withdraw cash, after two Lloyds Banking Group servers went down.

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Ex-Lloyds boss hails 'very positive' minimum wage rise

Former Lloyds TSB boss Sir Victor Blank told ITV News the 19p increase to the minimum wage is a "small step but very positive."

He said: "[It's] terrific that it's gone up and so it should. One of the biggest problems I think we have is the growing division between the levels of pay of senior executives and the average level of pay.

"If you look at the figures over the last 15 years, they've just grown apart massively and I think it's quite worrisome and I think it's quite wrong."

Read: Minimum wage will rise to £6.50 per hour from October

Lloyds: 'No immediate issues' posed by independence

Lloyds Banking Group has said that Scottish independence poses "no immediate issues" to its business, after warning that separation could present a "risk" to its operations.

A spokesman for the group said: "Lloyds Banking Group believes that questions about Scotland’s future constitutional position are a matter for the people of Scotland and the UK and Scottish Parliaments.

Lloyds Banking Group has warned that Scottish independence may pose a "risk" to its business
Lloyds Banking Group has warned that Scottish independence may pose a "risk" to its business Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"There are no immediate issues that will affect Lloyds Banking Group customers either in Scotland or the rest of the UK, particularly as any change in constitutional arrangements are unlikely to come into effect until 2016."

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Lloyd still expects to make a profit in 2013

Lloyd still expects to make a profit in 2013
Lloyd still expects to make a profit in 2013 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Taxpayer-backed Lloyds expects to make a small profit for 2013 it has said, despite adding £1.8 billion to funds set aside to cover compensation for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance.

The latest provision take the total put aside for compensation to nearly £10 billion.

Lloyds: Today's job losses part of 15,000 redundancies

ITV News' Consumer Editor Chris Choi has spoken to Lloyds Banking Group about the 1,008 job losses announced today:

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Lloyds job losses part of 15,000 reductions announced at 2011 Strategic Review - now 11,760 jobs now gone in total

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Lloyds tell me more than 500 of the role going today are "Relationship Managers" for small businesses

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