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This week the European Parliament voted to make shoppers' lives fairer and cheaper with a cap on credit and debit card transaction fees.

Labour MEPs joined others from across the EU voting in favour of the proposals with a huge majority of 621 to 26. The move will save British businesses some £480 million every year, and, the European Commission estimates it will save consumers across the EU more than £500m.

Welsh MEP Derek Vaughan said: "Every time we use our credit or debit card in a shop, the retailer is being charged for the privilege, the cost of which is added on to the purchases we make.

"It is not a transparent system as customers are not told how much of what they are paying is to cover these fees. What MEPs voted for today was to cap the fee at 0.2% of the overall transaction amount for debit cards and at 0.3% for credit cards.

"Right now the fees charged are around six times as much as the capped amount will be and  by saving retailers money these savings can be passed on to consumers.

"The only people to benefit from the higher rates charged at the moment are Visa and Mastercard, the new clearer fees are a big step in the right direction and I look forward to them coming into effect this September."

Mr Vaughan also said that UKIP voted against the proposals.

"Yet again UKIP MEPs have voted against European action that will benefit British businesses and British people.

"If UKIP had had their way today, costs would have remained far too high for Welsh shopkeepers and shoppers alike."

New cap on credit card fees to save British businesses and consumers millions

This week the European Parliament voted to make shoppers' lives fairer and cheaper with a cap on credit and debit card transaction fees.

Derek Vaughan MEP has challenged UKIP to explain their stance on meat labelling after they voted against country of origin labelling for meat in processed food, despite including the policy in their election pledge published last month.

Mr Vaughan said: "Labour MEPs voted in support of stronger traceability requirements for meat in burgers, ready-made meals and sandwiches.

"Ninety per cent of consumers want this information, which will allow them to make more informed decisions about the food they buy. This is about clear honest labelling that doesn't mislead consumers. If a beef lasagne is labelled as a British product, this would mean that it was made with British beef.

 

"Most UKIP MEPs voted for an amendment to delete our call for country of origin labelling to be mandatory, fortunately this was rejected.

"Country of origin labelling will help to restore trust in the food industry, which was badly damaged following the horsemeat scandal. Labour MEPs believe consumers have a right to know where their meat comes from and we have been calling for this for several years.

 

"I hope the European Commission will now listen to MEPs and consumers and extend mandatory ‘country of origin labelling’ for all meat in processed food."

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Derek Vaughan MEP has challenged UKIP to explain their stance on meat labelling after they voted against ‘country of origin labelling’ for meat in processed food, despite including the policy...

Mr Vaughan said: "It is simply not fair for a dairy farmer to be paid less for a litre of milk than it costs to produce. We must inject fairness into the relationship between dairy farmers, processors, supermarkets and, importantly, customers.

 

"We want to see more powers given to the Groceries Code Adjudicator, whose role it is to ensure there is fair play between British food processors and retailers, so she can take action across the supply chain.

 

"We also want the UK Government to write to the banks encouraging them to be as supportive as possible of dairy farmers during this difficult period, including making loans available.

 

"And in the longer term we want to see farmers working together more, in order to increase their clout in the market and move themselves up the supply chain, by investing in food processing and the production and marketing of processed products such as cheese and yoghurt, as this is where the money can be made.

 

"It is clear customers have an important role to play, by demonstrating to the supermarkets that they do not want to be unwittingly involved in putting UK dairy farmers out of business as a result of buying cheap milk.

 

"We are calling on the British consumer to ask probing questions of their supermarket manager, as they have done in the past about fairly traded products from the developing world, to find out if a fair price has been paid to the farmer for the milk we buy."

 

Sian Davies, chief dairy adviser of the National Farmers Union, added:

 

"The UK’s dairy farmers very much appreciate the spotlight being shone on this issue. We very much agree that the dairy sector needs support from every angle at the moment, and that includes work in Brussels in overcoming barriers to export markets and reviewing the EU intervention price for dairy products. Back home in the UK we're heartened by consumer interest in and support for our dairy farmers and the high quality dairy products they produce. We continue to ask consumers to buy British on all dairy products."

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