To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 3 August 2020 to Question 75281 on Social Security Benefits, what plans the Government has for the implementation of the Covid Credit software referred to in that Answer; on what date that software will go live; and what (a) funding from the public purse and (b) other resources are being allocated to implementing that software.
14 September 2020
Covid Credit is third party, proof-of-concept software. The government has not commissioned the software nor engaged with the developers.
HMRC recently published a tender (BIP514056627) for the provision of Payment Initiation and Account Information Services to make it easy for customers to pay by bank transfer using a secure, simple and efficient process.