Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Northern Ireland:Written question - 45502

Asked by Claire Hanna
(Belfast South)

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Asked on: 11 May 2020
Self-employment Income Support Scheme: Northern Ireland
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons the Self-employment Income Support Scheme online system does not accept a Northern Ireland driving licence or an Irish passport held by Northern Ireland citizens as a way of verifying their identity via government gateway; and what means of verifying their identity should people in Northern Ireland use to access that scheme.
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 18 May 2020

Everyone in Northern Ireland who is eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be able to claim their grant. People who have engaged with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) online in the past using an existing Government Gateway credential – for example, to file their Self-Assessment tax return – can reuse their existing online Government Gateway credentials to claim the grant. Most people who are eligible to claim have credentials already. Those dealing with HMRC online for the first time will be required to verify their identity. HMRC worked quickly with the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency to enable people to use a GB driving licence to verify their identity for SEISS. It has not been possible to add non-UK passports or non-GB driving licences to the Government Gateway authentication service to the same timeline. HMRC are currently exploring whether it is possible to connect to Northern Ireland Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) and Irish Passport Service data, as part of their continuing improvement of the Government Gateway. People who do not have a UK passport or GB driving licence can use the multiple-choice questions option to verify their identity. This uses a financial checking service that does not require a passport or driving licence. Anyone who is unable to verify their identity in this way can also make their claim by telephone.

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