High street banks 'close 1,000 UK branches in two years'

Reports that high street banks have closed more than 1,000 branches in the UK during the past two years feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Consumer body Which? said its research "had found that 1,046 bank branches were shut, or due to shut, between January 2015 and January 2017", the Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that Which? "has called on banks to consult with communities before implementing closures to ensure that the needs of their customers are being met".

People living in the suburbs of London have the best life expectancy in the whole of the UK, the Evening Standard reports. The newspaper says that "nine out of the top 10 areas for the highest life expectancy after retirement in Britain are in the commuter belt outside London, resulting in a ‘longevity ring’ around the capital."

Labour’s shadow housing minister has said the party "would double the number of homes ring-fenced for rough sleepers in a bid to stem the crisis in homelessness", the Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that "John Healey is urging Theresa May to back his party’s plan and help end the rise in rough sleeping, which has doubled since the Conservatives came to power in 2010."

House prices "fell in London between September and October, as growth slowed across the country, pulled down by a lack of affordability and a general uncertainty in the market", the Telegraph reports. The newspaper says that "prices fell 1.2 per cent in the capital, according to the Office for National Statistics. It brought the annual rate of growth in the capital down to 7.7 per cent, the smallest increase since June 2013."

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