Readers might be interested to know that HMRC has decided against the idea of using the Government Digital Service (GDS) developed Gov.uk Verify identity assurance platform, and will instead only use its own identity service – the Government Gateway.
Mike Howes, HMRC’s Programme Director, has posted the following blog, explaining all:
Government Gateway has been a critical piece of UK government infrastructure. It has enabled individuals, businesses and agents to prove their identity to use online government services (user authentication), and it’s fundamental to government transformation as digital take-up continues to increase. To give you an idea of scale, it supports:
- 123 live digital services across government
- 406 million authentications a year
- more than 50 million active accounts.
Nothing immediately for users, but the current Gateway service is scheduled to come to an end by March 2018.
There is much the current Government Gateway service does well and we’ll be looking to take forward into a new solution. But we also know we can provide a more agile, flexible and secure set of services, and at lower cost.
A big undertaking
Yes, it’s big! But it’s an undertaking we’re prepared for and looking forward to working on. For HMRC, I have to provide a new set of services that will support 53 of the existing 123 services hosted.
In addition, we’re exploring options around other government departments also using this replacement service. This would be restricted to business and agent-facing services only as Cabinet Office requires all other departments to use GOV.UK Verify: the cross-government service for any citizen-facing services where customers need to prove their identity.
If you’re interested in the future of Gateway and following our transformation progress, I’ll be blogging again soon. If you’re a government stakeholder and have questions or want to get more involved, please contact my team at email@example.com
It would appear that “son of Gateway” will be appearing at the precise point that Making Tax Digital is due to come online, April 2018. What we do know is that the Government Gateway, for all its creaks and groans, has provided a safe entrance for self-assessment, let’s hope its successor is as effective for HMRC’s new toy, Making Tax Digital.