Visa thinks about rewards for UK companies to go cashless

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Visa has stated it is thinking about providing rewards to UK services to go cashless, after presenting a comparable plan in the United States.

The payments company is picking 50 little business in the United States to get $10,000 if they just use cards.

The business need to bid for the cash by discussing how going cashless would impact them, their staff and consumers

Nevertheless, the idea has been criticised by customer groups, who say money is still crucial for many individuals.

“It is simple to categorise it as an allurement, but eventually they are incentivising business to do away with money, which is not the job of people like Visa,” stated James Daley of customer group Fairer Finance.
In any case, the deal might be of restricted attract lots of merchants, who need to pay costs whenever a client utilizes a debit or credit card.

The interchange charges, as they are called, have been topped by EU legislation at 0.2% of the value of deal with a debit card, and at 0.3% with a credit card.

Nonetheless UK sellers still paid ₤ 800m in such costs in 2015, charges that have been criticised by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Cards have currently overtaken money for retail payments, according to figures for in 2015 from the BRC.

But banks and card business must not be owning that move, Mr Daley stated.

“In 50 years it appears not likely that the majority of us will be using money. But banks have to let development follow its natural course, instead of accelerating it,” he informed the BBC.

“As an accountable society we have to take care of susceptible consumers who depend on money.”
Last month Victoria Cleland, the Bank of England’s primary cashier, stated that 2.7 million people in the UK rely nearly totally on money – that’s 5% of grownups.

In a declaration, Visa stated that following the launch of the plan in the United States, “we intend to bring comparable cashless efforts to other nations, consisting of the UK”.

“At this time, we do not have a company intend on when such an effort would be readily available in the UK.”

In June this year, Visa president Al Kelly informed financiers that the company was “concentrated on putting squander of business”.

“The top development lever [for the company] is the conversion of cheque and money to digital and electronic payments.”