The Anonymous Widower

UK To Raise Contactless Card Payment Limit To 45 pounds In April

The title of this post is the same as that of this report on Reuters.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Britain will raise the spending limit for contactless card payments to 45 pounds ($52) from 30 pounds on April 1 to support consumers during the coronavirus outbreak, the UK Finance industry association said on Tuesday.

I think this is a good thing.

When I go to Marks and Spencer to get my food, I have found that for the goods I buy, their average cost is two pounds. It is annoying the number of times I buy sixteen or seventeen items and I am just over the thirty pound limit.

So from April the first, I will be using chip-and-pin less often.

Surely, you’re more likely to pick up COVID-19 with chip-and-pin!

March 24, 2020 - Posted by | Finance, Health | , ,


  1. I agree. Anything where people are pressing with their fingers will be a breeding ground. There are warnings about petrol pumps and wearing gloves.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | March 24, 2020 | Reply

  2. Is this true, or is it an April fool?

    Comment by John | March 24, 2020 | Reply

  3. It’s in The Sun, This is Money and Her Majesty’s Daily Telegraph, so it must be true!

    Comment by AnonW | March 24, 2020 | Reply

  4. The obvious thing would for it to be customer choice.
    I am careful and only ever lost one card (securely to a French cash machine when I didn’t understand the displayed message), so I would quite happily set it at £50 and take the risk. OTOH a poor and careless student might prefer a limit of £10 or £15.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | March 24, 2020 | Reply

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