Revenue and Customs: Electronic Government

HM Treasury written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the planned expenditure is on the HM Revenue and Customs identity assurance system planned to replace the Government Gateway service from March 2018.

Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which departments plan to use the HM Revenue and Customs identity verification service planned to replace the Government Gateway service from March 2018.

Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which transactions are planned to be processed via the (a) new identity verification service planned by HM Revenue and Customs and (b) Government Digital Service platform Verify when the Government Gateway service expires in March 2018.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

GOV.UK Verify will be the single identification service for individuals. The authentication service that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is developing to replace the Government Gateway will complement the existing GOV.UK Verify service for business representatives.

HMRC agreed with the Cabinet Office and Department for Work and Pensions to take on responsibility for decommissioning the existing Government Gateway, in line with current contractual arrangements, by March 2018. HMRC and the Government Digital Service are working with government departments to help them find suitable solutions beyond that point.

The cost of building a replacement Gateway service is commercially sensitive information, and so cannot be provided.

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