To facilitate users to securely store bank details on their devices and pay right away, Apple Pay first landed in the UK in 2015. Google Pay was launched in the UK early last year. However, so far these two mobile payment services can only be used for commercial transactions.
However, this situation began to change and it was learned that the British government now accepts two payment methods, Apple Pay and Google Pay, in some gov.uk services.
Currently, supported government services include only Global Entry Service, basic online disclosure and prohibition service inspections, Registered Traveller Service, and Electronic Visa Waiver.
Till Wirth, chief product manager at gov.uk Pay, said: “Allowing people to pay for government services through Apple Pay and Google Pay means they don’t have to enter credit or debit card information when they pay. This innovation will improve the convenience of gov.uk Pay and is expected to make the online experience of users easier.”
The website started its online Pay platform in 2016. Since then, by using credit and debit cards it has been utilized to make more than 2.9 million transactions until now.
Executive Minister Oliver Dowden also pointed out that these mobile payments provide additional security. For example, Apple Pay is hailed as one of the safest mobile payment methods with its fingerprint and facial recognition system.
The Minister Dowden said that this is part of the administration’s efforts to “making access to government services as early as possible.”
He also said that in future mobile payments will be much protected. Most likely in the coming months, many other government services will ultimately pick up these payment methods as well.
Initially, the UK Government website is accommodating connections using Apple Pay and Google Pay for four services. They have plans to make it rolled out more widely and to local government as well as police and the NHS later this year.
He added that the ministry is going to “roll mobile payments across further central government services, and later this year make it available for local government, police and NHS organisations.”