GDS on the hunt for more government users for One Login digital ID

By 2025, GDS wants to have 145 services onboarded on the new One Login for Government.

Posted 25 November 2022 by Christine Horton

The Government Digital Service (GDS) says its focus is on growing adoption of the One Login for Government digital identity programme in the next two to three years.

Liz Ridler, head of strategy, policy and engagement digital identity at GDS, was speaking on the Future of Identity panel at last week’s Think Digital Identity for Government event (pictured). She said scaling the new service is “core to success.”

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was the first government organisation to employ the initial iteration of the new government-wide login system. And last week HMRC announced it is to move onto the One Login service in the summer of 2023.

“The value of the product is because it’s one ubiquitous way for users to easily access services. So it’s really important now for us that we work with all those central government departments on how we’re going to get them to adopt or migrate the product,” said Ridler.

GDS is already in conversation with departments about onboarding to the new services.

“We’ve got conversations and detailed plans with partners who are going to be coming on board imminently,” she said.

These include HM Land Registry’s Sign your mortgage deed service, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)’s apply for vehicle operating licence and Social Work England.

“We’ve commenced with much energy our engagement across all of central government to have a dialogue with them about when it will be right for them to onboard within our current funding period. So that by 2025, we will have achieved an ambition of approximately 145 services onboarding.

“And it’s only by doing that that we will achieve the value of having a product or solution that is going to bring the benefits for users, and that increased user experience of being able to [log in] once for government services.”

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