Identity assurance is key if we are to enable the digital by default strategy. It provides a means of common access to services across central and local government. But the bigger opportunity arises when we can access and use data. We call this “attribute provision”. This is when it becomes possible to transform services. This white paper reports on the learnings of the Warwickshire County Council Discovery Project that considered how attribute provision can be enabled through the identity assurance infrastructure. This is a practical way to achieve what has long been talked about, a digital infrastructure that enables data to flow freely, cheaply, securely and with the permission of the service user, to underpin the delivery of services online.
Ian Litton, Warwickshire County Council and Rob Laurence, Innovate Identity