IDA services put on ice for Universal Credit delivery

Kathleen Hall writes in Computer Weekly:

The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Universal Credit programme is unlikely to use identity assurance (IDA) services, with responsibility for the identity framework having now moved to the Government Procurement Service.

The Universal Credit (UC) programme was designed to be the flagship project for the use of IDA services – the system for enabling citizens to authenticate themselves online, and necessary for the use of transactional, digital-by-default services.

However, this part of the programme appears to have been put on ice, with sources having told Computer Weekly the DWP is not currently buying any IDA services from the eight identity assurance providers on the £25m IDA framework.

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