Government want you to add new app to your phone to access services

A new app will allow the public to access dozens of government services such as changing driver’s license for the first time from one place, it was reported.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Stephen Barclay, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, will reveal plans for a Gov.uk app that will verify a user’s identity using facial recognition or fingerprint scanning tools already available on smartphones.

The app would bring together the nearly 200 ways people can currently create a Gov.uk account into a single sign-in process, the cabinet office said, and would allow people to access more than 300 government services directly.

Mr Barclay told the Telegraph that the new app was created in response to the pandemic and increased public expectations for online access to government services.

The NHS app has gained more than 10 million new users in the past few months since it became the platform for accessing vaccine passports for travel.

“During the pandemic, people had to interact with government services in a number of ways, including the NHS app and the vaccine booking service,” Barclay said.

“People rightly expect the government to be data-driven and digitally literate, and this will be a priority for me in my new role.”

The app is expected to hit the market in late 2022 and could also include the ability to send notifications to users when their driver’s license is about to expire or when a change in government policy could affect them, such as benefit payments.

The project is set to replace Verify, a previous single log-in system for Gov.uk that was abandoned earlier this year after failing to hit the projected number of users despite allegedly costing more than £ 150 million.

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