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."