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To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated capital and annual running costs for the identity assurance system being introduced to identify users of government websites; what are its purposes; whether it will make use of national insurance numbers; and how it would address benefit and tax fraud.
The purpose of identity (ID) assurance is to provide people with a secure log-in to access digital public services. Details of the design have not been decided, including how the national insurance number might or might not be used. The programme is working across departments to ensure that the design contributes to reducing online fraud and costs overall.
An indication of the capital and annual running costs will not be clear until the initial design is agreed in October 2011. However, overall the programme will reduce costs for government by helping to put more services online.