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Brexit victory! Sunak boosts contactless payment limit to £100 as UK rips up hated EU rule

Rishi Sunak has increased the legal limit on contactless payments to £100

Rishi Sunak has increased the legal limit on contactless payments to £100 (Image: GETTY)

The legal limit on contactless payments is set to more than double from £45 to £100.

Mr Sunak is hoping the increased limit will help provide a boost for jobs and the UK's retail sector.

While in the EU, Britain was bound by a £45 cap imposed on all member states.

Announcing the decision ahead of the Budget, the Chancellor said: "As we begin to open the UK economy and people return to the high street, the contactless limit increase will make it easier than ever before for people to pay for their shopping, providing a welcome boost to retail that will protect jobs and drive growth across the capital."

While the rules will legally change as of today, it is expected to take time for the necessary changes to be made to banking and retail software to implement the higher limit.

The Treasury said the banking industry was due to implement the £100 limit later this year.

Contactless payments have soared since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2019 four in every 10 debit card payments used contactless, this figure has risen to six out of 10 in September 2020.

"Tap and go" contactless cards initially had a limit of £10 in 2007, and this was increased to £15 in 2010, £20 in 2012 and £30 in 2015.

The limit was raised to £45 last April, in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.

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