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GDS points to three new services for Verify


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Government Digital Service (GDS) has indicated that at least three more central government services are to begin using the GOV.UK Verify identity assurance platform soon – but with no date yet public for their full implementation.

Its latest update on the Verify programme identifies three services currently in private beta phase: with HM Land Registry for signing mortgage deeds; the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for adding a pass with driving licence information to a mobile phone; and for NHS employees to sign in with the NHS Business Services Authority to view their total reward statements to understand their related benefits.

They will join the list of 15 existing central government services that use the platform for authenticating identity in online services, reflecting the slow progress in its take-up since it went live in March 2016. At that time it was available for 10 services with a target for another 37.

Existing services for which it can be used include applying for universal credit with the Department for Work and Pensions and checking income tax with HM Revenue & Customs.

The GDS team is currently working on encouraging the use of Verify in local government services, and in May of this year the then lead official for the programme, Nic Harrison, said it was talking with private sector organisations about how they could use it.

There is a need to increase the number of services to meet the Government’s aim of having 25 million users signed up to the platform by 2020 – a central element of its Transformation Strategy.

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