DWP announces providers for UK government online identity scheme

Source: Department for Works and Pensions

The Post Office, Cassidian, Digidentity, Experian, Ingeus, Mydex, and Verizon are the successful providers chosen to design and deliver a secure online identity registration service for the Department for Work and Pensions.

The identity registration service will enable benefit claimants to choose who will validate their identity by automatically checking their authenticity with the provider before processing online benefit claims.

The Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said:

"We are working with cyber security experts to ensure we are clear about the threats to the online process and we are confident that the providers announced today will offer an effective, safe and free to use identity service for future online benefit claims."

As well as offering a safe and secure system, providers will be required to offer a simplified registration process, minimise the number of usernames and passwords a customer will need to remember and reduce the costs incurred across Government for the management of Identity Assurance.

The online Identity Assurance model will be incorporated into Universal Credit as it's developed and rolled-out. Over time Identity Assurance will become available to all UK citizens who need to access online public services.

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