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​Find out about temporary Direct Debit rules changes as well as tips to support the continued operation of Direct Debit during COVID-19.​

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Automated payments are at the heart of the UK’s financial system, providing an essential service for bill payers and billers, employees and employers, charities and donors, clients and suppliers, and government.


Direct Debit is the payment option chosen by thousands of companies to automatically and securely collect important payments from millions of people and organisations. Bacs Direct Credit – commonly known as Bacs – is used to pay eight in ten employees in the UK, whether that’s wages, salaries, or benefits, as well as for settling business-to-business invoices.​

Bacs is owned and operated by leading retail payments authority Pay.UK

Bacs is owned and operated by leading retail payments authority Pay.UK, the company also responsible for Faster Payments and cheques, as well as related services such as mobile app Paym, the Current Account Switch Service, and many others. Visit the 'About' section to find more. 





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PRESS RELEASE 50 years and 78 billion payments – Direct Debit hits half a century
15 December 2020
It may not be an entry in too many people’s diaries, but this year represents a golden milestone for Direct Debit, as one of the most familiar payment methods in the UK turns 50.
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04 February 2021 09:40 AM
If you haven't already, make sure you download our 2021 processing calendar to help you keep on top of those important non-processing days: https://t.co/yTR4uESLhs
 
04 February 2021 09:39 AM
@dan1981stu Hi Danny, thanks for the message. You'd need to speak to your building society about this. Hope that helps.
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50 years and 78 billion payments – Direct Debit hits half a century
15 December 2020
David Piper is Pay.UK’s Head of Service Lines. David leads the team responsible for delivering the UK’s core retail payment services including Faster Payments, cheque - and Direct Debit, which is 50 years old in 2020.
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