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GOV.UK Pay is ready for business

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Photo of the GOV.UK Pay team gathered at a computer screen to watch Till Wirth make the first debit card payment using the GOV.UK Pay product.

On Friday 2 September we took our very first live payment on GOV.UK Pay. Our Product Manager Till Wirth was confident enough to process a payment using his own debit card. Until now, we’ve been using dummy cards. This is the first time we’ve processed a payment using a real card.

Since we received our official accreditation by the Payment Card Industry in July we’ve been busy making our operational processes more robust. Taking our first real payments (albeit within the team) is a significant milestone for us. It means we're now ready to start putting GOV.UK Pay to work in the real world.

Over the next few months, a number of government services are going to start using it. We'll have real users, moving real money. All of us have been looking forward to this moment from day 1; we’re incredibly excited to see it happening.

We’ve formed fantastic collaborative partnerships with teams in a number of departments. Collaboration works both ways: this week, two developers from another department temporarily joined our team at Aviation House to pair with GOV.UK Pay developers on building their integration. And we're working closely with finance, case management and digital teams from the same department, so we can better understand their user needs.

Together, we're making it easier for citizens to make payments, and more efficient for civil servants to process these payments.

What’s next?

Once we’ve moved the first partner service onto GOV.UK Pay, we'll focus on making it easier for government services to create an account with GOV.UK Pay and manage their staff accounts. We'll also start work on adding other payment methods for users.

If you work in central government and are interested in using GOV.UK Pay in your service, let us know.

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GDS is expanding, and we have a number of positions that need to be filled - especially on the Government as a Platform team. So we’re always on the lookout for talented people. Have a look at our videos describing how we workour vacancies page, or drop us a line.

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  1. Comment by Scott Purnell posted on

    I am interested in understanding when GOV.UK Pay may be available to Local Authorities. Would someone be able to clarify when this might be please as this is something we would like to explore. If someone could contact me to discuss it would be much appreciated.

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      Comment by Till Wirth posted on

      Thanks for your comment Scott

      At the moment Government as a Platform (GaaP) components like GOV.UK Pay are being built for central government as a first priority. But we're beginning to establish the commercial and contractual models for local authorities.

      Once those operating models are clear and agreed across government then we'll be in a much better position to share GaaP products.

      We also need to ensure that GOV.UK Pay meets local government needs as well as it does those of central government

      We'll keep you posted on our progress via this blog and in the meantime please feel to contact us again about this in the future.