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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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Debit cards led the way in festive spending

The growth in debit card spending continued to significantly outstrip that of credit cards in December 2014, according to the latest figures from The UK Cards Association. Extending the trend...  >

Consumers turn to contactless as usage surges

Spending on contactless cards more than trebled over the last year to reach a record £2.32 billion in 2014, according to data published today [06.02.2015] by The UK Cards Association. The new...  >

Latest stats dispel myth of credit card fuelled Christmas shopping

Shoppers in the build up to Christmas were much more inclined to spend on their debit card rather than their credit card – dispelling the myth that consumers were getting in to debt to fund...  >


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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