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Welcome to The UK Cards Association site. We are the trade body for the card payments industry in the UK, representing financial institutions that act as card issuers and acquirers.

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Card expenditure statistics August 2014
”A billion card transactions in a month is a major milestone and a clear indicator of the transformation in how we all spend. Rather than walking around with wads of notes or pockets full of... Read more >

Launch of contactless payments on London transport services
Responding to the launch of contactless payments on transport services in London today [16 September 2014] by TfL, Richard Koch, Head of Policy at the UK Cards Association, said: “Today... Read more >

Customers urged to be vigilant as fraudsters increase scam attacks
New figures released today [12 September 2014] by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) show that card and remote banking fraud increased during the first six months of 2014. The intelligence... Read more >

Card expenditure statistics July 2014
“As the UK economy continues its slow recovery, spending on cards has continued to grow strongly, reaching a record high of £47.2bn this month. But as people go for their wallet, they’re taking... Read more >


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 represent all of the major UK card issuers and we've used our industry knowledge to make sure you get the best information on payment cards. Helping you to understand how payment plastic cards work, the factors that you should consider when making your choice and the best ways to use your payment cards.

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This section of the website provides general help and guidance for both new and existing merchants (a retailer or shop) on accepting cards for their businesses.

For merchants already accepting cards, the Products and Services section may be helpful. It looks at new ways cards can be used to improve business. In addition, the pages on card fraud provide general guidance to help protect a business from becoming a victim of card fraud.

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Policy & Regulation

The UK Cards Association publishes definitive statistics and management information. Information collated from our members is used to provide both regular and ad-hoc reports and publications.

In addition to this, we commission studies, reviews and market research to facilitate and inform discussions with our stakeholders to further educate them in the industry. This area brings together these activities to create a unique industry resource.

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