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Government says One Login programme on track

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The Cabinet Office has maintained that the One Login programme is going as planned in response questions over its progress.

This follows recent developments in the effort to develop a new digital identity programme for access to government services.

Over recent days it has been announced that the predecessor service, GOV.UK Verify, will remain open for people to create new accounts until the end of the year, revising an earlier deadline of the end of last month.

Then the Government Digital Service (GDS) published a contract with consultancy 6 Point 6 for architecture services in response to an “urgent requirement” for architecture services for the One Login programme.

In addition, the Disclosure and Barring Service was still directing users towards Verify despite an earlier indication it would be the first service to use One Login last month.

UKAuthority submitted questions to the Cabinet Office on the factors behind the developments and the progress of the programme.

'As planned'

In response, a Government spokesperson said: “The One Login for Government programme is proceeding as planned.”

It is now understood that, despite the reference to an urgent requirement in the contract notice, it was always planned to add extra technical architecture services to the programme, and that initial delivery will be in two parts, beginning with a technical release during the summer

This is intended to provide time for testing and feedback and link together the sign-on and identity verification components for the first time.

In addition, GDS is continuing to move services currently using Verify to One Login, including the DBS basic check, over the next year.

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