Govt clamps down on credit card charges
Retailers who charge excessive amounts for processing credit and debit cards will no longer be able to do so, after ministers said they were pressing ahead with plans to outlaw the practise.
The OFT first announced the decision last December. "Traders will no longer be able to make a profit by charging the consumer for credit or debit card use above the amount it costs them to process that payment," said Consumer Affairs Minister Norman Lamb.
"There is a legitimate cost and part of the consultation is to ensure that we determine how one decides what the cost should be."
He believes all the banks should be "on a level playing field and then customers can make the best possible choice to determine what is in reality the lowest price."