HMRC to develop its own Government Gateway replacement

HMRC is to develop its own ID solution rather than utilise GOV.UK Verify to replace the Government Gateway when it comes to an end in March 2018.

Commenting in a blog post on the topic, Mike Howes-Roberts, HMRC’s programme director responsible for transforming the Government Gateway said: “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.”

The newly developed solution will support 53 of the existing 123 services hosted. Howes-Roberts added: “HMRC is 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.

“I’m working through the detail with my team right now and working closely with other departments. For me that means a genuinely open door and an honest and candid dialogue.”

He concluded by saying: “We already have a cross-government steering group and that’s one of the main ways I’ll be keeping other departments up-to-speed on progress. I’m keen to meet more colleagues from across government who can play a role in developing this vital project.”


Support for Verify

HMRC did however say that it would not be ending support for the Government Digital Service (GDS)-developed Verify.

“HMRC customers, as well as customers for other government departments, will be able to continue using Verify to access their accounts. There are no plans to change this currently,” it said in a statement.

“On Government Gateway, we have agreed with DWP to take on responsibility for the service, with a goal to build the next version. Unlike Verify, this will be used by business and agent-facing services only, rather than individuals.”  Five of the department’s services currently support GOV.UK Verify.

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