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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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Monthly contactless spending reaches £1bn

Spending on contactless cards has hit a record £1 billion in a single month for the first time. Contactless payments totalled £1.02 billion in November 2015, new spending data from The UK...  >

Contactless transport moves a step closer

Passengers across the UK could in future be able to pay for their travel using contactless cards and devices, under a new framework which will be unveiled today. The framework enables...  >

One in 10 card transactions now contactless

Contactless card transactions now account for one in 10 card payments, the first time the milestone has been passed, the latest figures from The UK Cards Association show. There were 120.5...  >

Decade of card spending data shows boom at pubs, restaurants and online

Consumer spending has undergone a revolution over the past decade with restaurants, pubs and online retailers benefitting from the explosion in the use of payment cards, new data shows. A...  >


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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