Credit card law should apply to all plastic

Consumer Credit Act only applies to credit, not debit cards


Consumer Credit Act

Under the terms of the Consumer Credit Act, credit card payments can be claimed back from the card provider money, if money is lost in this way.

This is not the case for debit card payments.

The legislation protecting credit card payments from breaches of contract should be extended to debit cards, Consumer Focus has said in a new report.

The organisation pointed out that debit card users are comparatively more exposed when they pre-pay for goods, only to have them undelivered when the vendor goes bankrupt.

Steve Brooker, markets expert at Consumer Focus, said: "Consumers are losing out in the fight to reclaim money from bankrupt businesses. And the problem looks set to worsen given the dramatic rise in companies going under this year."

Figures from the group show that the typical loss for the people who had previously lost money through prepayments came to around £242 each.

In all, around one in 10 were found to have previously suffered losses of this kind, with around half of this group finding themselves unable to get their money back.ADNFCR-2308-ID-19302695-ADNFCR

Published: 10 August 2009