Information regarding the common payments platform project: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03599  
Date received: 30 November 2018 
Date responded: 21 December 2018
Information requested and response.

Information regarding a common payments platform project.

1.   How much has been spent on this project so far in total and in this financial year?

The project was initiated on 1 September 2018.  Spend to date in this financial year has been £129,420 (inc VAT).


2.   What is the budget for this project for the current financial year and any future years already budgeted for?

The total project budget allocated currently is £655,890 (inc VAT) to be spent by June 2019.  This includes the costs of software development in the prototyping phase, specialist advice on payments / international benchmarks, programme assurance and external contractors within the project team. 

Further investment will be dependent on the development of a robust business case.
3.   What assessment if any has been made of using GOV.UK Pay as the common payments platform for the Scottish Government?
The programme is designed to consider the opportunity to develop a platform that could support both outbound and inbound payments.
At present, the GOV.UK Pay platform only facilitates inbound payments.  However, the service will be evaluated during the feasibility phase as one potential solution for that element of a new payments platform in Scotland. 
4.   If it has been decided that GOV.UK Pay is not suitable for the Scottish Government, what are the reasons behind this decision?
No decision regarding the use of GOV.UK Pay or any other platform will be made until the outcomes of the feasibility study are known.
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