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Welcome to The UK Cards Association site. We provide a dedicated representative voice for the card payments industry. Through engaging on behalf of our members with partners and stakeholders, we strive to ensure the UK card payments industry works as effectively as possible in the interests of consumers and retailers.

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Number of debit cards reaches 100 million for first time

There are now more than 100 million debit cards in circulation in the UK for the first time. The milestone was passed in April, the latest figures from The UK Cards Association show. The...  >

Contactless cards went mainstream in 2015, UK Cards report shows

More consumers chose to pay with contactless cards last year than ever before, as the way of paying embedded itself firmly into everyday spending, figures from a new report show. During 2015,...  >

Monthly contactless spend passes £1.5 billion

Spending on contactless cards has reached a record £1.5 billion in a month for the first time. Contactless payments totalled £1.508 billion in March, the latest data from The UK Cards...  >

Comment on the Bus Services Bill

For immediate release: Wednesday 18 May, 2016 Contact: The UK Cards Association press office, 020 3217 8436 Commenting on the announcement of the Bus Services Bill in the Queen’s Speech...  >


This is your impartial guide to choosing and using credit cards, debit cards and pre-paid cards. The section advises both individuals and businesses.

We hope this material helps consumers understand how payment cards work, how to choose the best card for you and how you go on to use it.

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This section provides general help and guidance for new and existing retailers.

For retailers accepting cards, the Products and Services section may be helpful. These pages provide advice to help protect businesses from becoming victims of card fraud.

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Resource centre

Our online library brings together publications from UK Cards as the authoritative source of industry-wide data, metrics on the card payments industry, and Financial Fraud Action on card fraud.

In addition a number of consumer guides are available.

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