Investigating the impact of bank branch closures on access to financial services in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

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    There is a longstanding policy interest in understanding the impacts of changes in access to public and private services in rural areas. To date much of the empirical analysis concerning changing patterns of accessibility has been predicated on assumptions regarding the mode of transport used to access such facilities. The availability of new and open sources of data, and the increasing sophistication of spatial analytical tools, has enabled alternative transportation modes to be included when investigating the impact of service changes. In this study a nationwide analysis of changes in public transport provision and bank closures has enabled the identification of those parts of Wales that were disproportionally impacted by the loss of financial services during the early years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drawing on local scenarios which show the combined impact of such changes, the findings demonstrate how temporal variations in accessibility can be used to examine potential patterns of exclusion that arise from the loss of key services. We conclude by suggesting that any assessment of changes in accessibility needs a holistic approach that considers changes in the transport infrastructure alongside other facets of service provision to understand the full impact of such closures on rural communities.
    Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
    Rhif yr erthygl012
    Tudalennau (o-i)1-14
    Nifer y tudalennau14
    CyfnodolynJournal of Rural Studies
    Cyfrol95
    Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar5 Awst 2022
    Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
    StatwsE-gyhoeddi cyn argraffu - 5 Awst 2022

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