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Credit Card Claim: Surcharges to be outlawed

People who use credit cards to pay for goods and services will not experience misleading and confusing payment surcharges in the future.

New government proposals will be implemented by the end of next year to prevent businesses charging excessive amounts to customers who do not pay in cash.

Organisations will still be able to pass the cost of the transaction on to customers, but cannot charge any more than is necessary.

Consumer minister Edward Davey said that the Consumer Rights Directive will take further consultation into account to protect the customer from high credit card charges.   

Financial secretary to the Treasury Mark Hoben stated: "[Consumers] have a right to understand the charges they may incur up front and not be hit through a hidden last minute payment surcharge."

Commenting on the announcement, Which? said it was a substantial victory for UK card users and businesses should make the required changes as soon as possible.

Jennifer Haines

Jennifer's speciality knowledge is credit card changes and balance transfers.ADNFCR-2776-ID-801249066-ADNFCR

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