Thanks to fellow tweeter @goodall4 for pointing me towards this gem.
In a Written Answer to a question from Jim Shannon (a DUP MP), David Gauke (Financial Secretary to the Treasury) stated that the new digital tax accounts to be introduced by HRMC would be:
simple, secure and personalised
Now, I can well believe that they will be “personalised”, and I am even willing to accept that they may be “secure”. I cannot, however, see how anything “digital” introduced by a Government department (especially HMRC) can possibly be “simple”.
Second, once GDS are involved I would worry that they will insist that HMRC use Gov.uk/Verify to allow users to log on to their accounts. Unfortunately, the Verify service, like a lot of Government IT projects, doesn’t really work very well (or at all, depending on your definition of “work”).
I foresee a lot of pain and anguish ahead.