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19 Oct 2022

Rouleur Live is Rouleur magazine brought to life, bringing together the best guests and the finest brands to offer consumers a truly unique celebration of cycling culture in London this...

18 Oct 2022

People are looking to reduce their fuel spending by taking more journeys by bike, with as many as 30 per cent excited to rediscover two-wheeled journeys, according to a study by online cycling...

17 Oct 2022

The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has confirmed in a statement that the Energy Bill Relief Scheme for businesses will continue to the end of March 2023 as planned.

14 Oct 2022

The Department for Business is asking all businesses to respond to a survey on energy bills and the impact increased costs are having on your business. The IRC is similarly urging members to...

13 Oct 2022

National media has reported that most Britons say that the cost-of-living crisis is forcing them to shun local shops in favour of big brands to get the cheapest prices.

11 Oct 2022

A new study, by careers experts, StandOut CV, claims to have identified the best and worst cities in the UK for customer service by highlighting the frequency of positive and negative comments...

11 Oct 2022

The British Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for Q3 2022 shows a significant decline of key economic indicators, with weakening structural business conditions and...

10 Oct 2022

Britain’s retailers in September saw their sales grow by the slowest rate since shops reopened after the end of Covid-19 lockdowns, as consumers cut spending in the face of rising energy...

6 Oct 2022

To coincide with Cycle to School Week, Sustrans has been calling on local authorities and Central Government to guarantee protected cycle lanes on main road routes to schools.

5 Oct 2022

The Government has been accused of failing in its duty to contact statutory consultees within the cycling and equestrian sectors as part of a significant national trail overhaul plan.

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Cash use fell again in 2021 as contactless accounts for a third of all payments

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

In its latest Payment Markets Report, UK Finance has said that the 40.4 billion payments made by consumers and businesses in the UK during 2021 represented a return to pre-pandemic payment volumes after a significant fall in 2020 due to Covid-19 lockdowns.

And, as the economy reopened, payment trends reverted towards their long-running patterns, with card payments increasing and cash payments continuing to decline.

The report shows that:

  • Debit cards were the most used payment method, accounting for 48% of all payments.
  • The number of cash payments fell by 1.7 per cent in 2021, although it remained the second most commonly used payment method, accounting for 15% of all payments in the UK.
  • Faster Payments overtook Bacs Direct Credit as the payment method most frequently used by businesses.
  • 57 per cent of UK adults used mobile banking in 2021.
  • Almost a third of all payments in the UK were made using contactless methods in 2021.

Contactless payments – including payments initiated using contactless cards, mobile phones and watches – continue to grow in popularity. Almost a third of all payments in the UK were made via contactless methods in 2021, up 36% compared with 2020.

Contactless appears to be popular with consumers, due to the speed and security of transactions. The increase in the contactless payment limit (to £45 in April 2020 and then to £100 in October 2021) expanded the range of purchases that could be made this way. Retailers also encouraged the use of contactless during the pandemic as a way of helping to facilitate social distancing in shops. Card acceptance devices have also become more widespread in recent years, especially among smaller businesses.

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