Experience the future - with Request to Pay and the e-pound

Issue 119 | 26 April 2021

Welcome to issue 119 of Payments:Unpacked, get to grips with the UK’s retail payments landscape with Mike Chambers - exclusive payment insights, hot topic briefings and fundamentals unpacked.

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Experience the future

Answer Pay has announced the go-live of its Request to Pay demonstrator – the new demonstrator enables billers, payers and payment services providers to experience the full Request to Pay journey for the first time, providing a greater understanding of the huge benefits of bill payments utilising Request to Pay.

Request to Pay addresses the competing needs of billers who want payment control and payers who want more flexibility.  Our demo shows that by enabling the payer to receive and aggregate their requests in their chosen supplier app you can improve the experience for both parties.

Mike Chambers, Chairman of Answer Pay.

More: Request to Pay: Experience the future.

Who are the (banking) digital natives?

Who uses websites and apps to open bank accounts? FICO asked 1,000 people in the UK - on this Podcast Sarah Rutherford discusses the results with Young Money Expert Iona Bain.

More: Who are the digital natives (when it comes to banking)?

Fraud & Confirmation of Payee

The Pay.UK service of Confirmation of Payee (CoP) has been established for just over a year but the life under lockdown under Covid has not abated the attempts by fraudsters to endeavour to try and scam our accounts of our money.

This week the Northey Point blog featured a guest blog from Bob Ford who shared his thoughts on fraud reduction on the back of the recent request from the Payment Systems Regulator which got me thinking about the whole CoP lifecycle works and how it could be enhanced to assist in fraud reduction as well as allow the Paying Bank to provide a better service to their customer such that the paying customer can make a more reasoned decision about effecting the payment.

More: Fraud & Confirmation of Payee.

ICYMI: Podcast: Did COVID kill cash?

Check-out our latest podcast: “Did COVID kill cash?”.

Spoiler alert: No but it did make our digital payment habits more sticky.

Podcast: Did COVID kill cash?

Celebrating 25 years of RTGS in the UK

This week we celebrated 25 years of RTGS in the UK.

In 1996 Real Time Gross Settlement in CHAPS went live - from running around the City with Bankers Payments, to the inbound CHAPS queue at a clearing bank and the MD of CHAPS Co my blog post reflects on the 25th anniversary of RTGS in the UK


In brief

Longer Read: Bitcoin? We Want Britcoin!

In his latest Forbes article Dave Birch asks why does Britain want a CBDC.

Dave has been through several central bank reports on digital currency - in particular the Bank of England's March 2020 paper and the more recent European Central Bank (ECB) report on a digital Euro from October 2020 - and has brought together and organised what he thinks are the pressures for digital currency into half a dozen key drivers.


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The Payments:Unpacked newsletter from Mike Chambers at Northey Point explores a wide range of the UK’s payment news including: Open Banking, Request to Pay, Direct Debit, Confirmation of Payee, Bacs, CHAPS, Faster Payments, LINK, cash, cards, cheques and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and unpacks the eco-system that supports the operation of these systemically important payment systems.

The newsletter is an independent and informed insight into the UK’s payments landscape – exclusive payment insights, hot topic briefings and fundamentals unpacked.

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