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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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Comment on Gatwick contactless payment extension

Commenting on the announcement that contactless payments will be extended to Gatwick Airport from next year, a spokesman for The UK Cards Association said: “Contactless payments are fast,...  >

UK Cards response to the interim report from the FCA credit card market study

Richard Koch, Head of Policy at The UK Cards Association, said: “The UK Cards Association welcomes this important report. It is a very significant study, looking at a wide range of issues....  >

Online card payments jump by a fifth in a year

The number of card transactions made on the internet has increased by 20 per cent in the past year with consumers spending £11.5 billion online in August, according to the latest figures from...  >

Debit card spending continues to grow

Spending on payment cards reached £51 billion in July with the growth in debit card spending continuing to outstrip credit cards, according to the latest figures from The UK Cards...  >


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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