Social Security Benefits: Cryptocurrencies

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th June 2018.

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Photo of Martin Docherty Martin Docherty Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Industries for the future)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether other companies have been involved in the GovCoin contract to undertake trials on the use of blockchain technology for the welfare and benefits system; and whether any claimant information was shared with (a) those other companies and (b) GovCoin during the period of that contract.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

In 2016, DWP ran a proof of concept pilot to explore GovCoin’s (DISC) capability. No other companies were involved in the pilot and no benefit or personal data was shared with GovCoin (DISC) on claimants.

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