Contactless limit upped to £15

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The maximum limit for contactless credit and debit card payments in the UK has been increased from £10 to £15.

The change was made after a request from MasterCard and Visa and brings the UK more closely into line with the eurozone, where the limit is €25.

The move has been welcomed by Barclays, which has lead the contactless charge in the UK issuing 2 million Visa debit cards and 4 million credit cards. Since last March the firm’s debit cards have been issued with contactless as standard.

Brian Cunnington, head, debit cards, Barclays, says: "Contactless technology is undoubtedly the future of payments and we are seeing it grow hugely in popularity."

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