Architect of Test and Trace turns to reorganising UK’s payment systems

This article as it appeared on CommentCentral on 4 August 2021

A certain David Pitt, fresh from his triumphs as Chief
Operating Officer of Test and Trace, has been appointed as Chief Executive
Officer of Pay.UK, the company responsible for the UK’s main payment systems.

This is not a joke, although the timing is unfortunate, coinciding
with the unfolding pingdemic […]

UK’s New Payments Architecture now to be a bungalow

Title page of PSR’s latest emission on the scope and tendering process for NPA

What started out as a Temple of Solomon to revolutionise the UK’s payment systems will now be reduced to a more manageable bungalow-sized development. Multiple layers collapse down to one.

The
UK’s Payment Systems Regulator (PSR), who started this show rolling in 2015 by
creating […]

Comparison table of UK Finance Report – “Future-ready payments 2030: a dynamic, purposeful and united agenda for the UK”, February 2021

UK Finance’s report on the future of UK payments

We have compiled a comparison table between the plans for UK payments as foreseen by:

UK Finance’s “Future-ready payments 2030: a dynamic, purposeful and united agenda for the UK”, of February 2021; The Payment Strategy Forum’s “A Payments Strategy for the 21st century: putting the needs of users […]

The anti-cash lobby – Migrant Remittances and COVID-19

While the
anti-cash lobby are busy like performing seals applauding the supposed shift to
digital payment means that COVID-19 will usher in, a concern that has gone
under the radar is that it must be possible, during the pandemic, for
remittances to flow, and quickly, and without massive fee deductions, from
members of a community that wish to render financial […]

The anti-cash lobby – Migrant Remittances

Recent extent of spread of COVID-19

Migrant Remittances are associated with Money Services
Businesses (“MSBs”), where the migrant in question delivers cover for the
payment order in cash, and the MSB transfers the proceeds to the beneficiary,
typically friends and family in the country that is home to the counterpart
community of the one in the sender’s country to which […]

The anti-cash lobby – national or international authorities as fellow travellers

In a previous blog I cited, as fellow travellers of the
anti-cash lobby, national or international authorities charged with enabling
the meeting of UN Development Goals, and accepting that the way these will be
met is through Fintech, rather than on the back of cash.

A prime example of such a national organisation is the UK’s
DfID or the Department […]

The anti-cash lobby – principals

It must be absolutely obvious who are the principals in the campaign
to eliminate cash – it’s the card issuers and the card brands. Both have
serious financial interests in play.

In the UK the major banks have reduced their branch networks and with it their ATM estates – to cut costs. Theirs is a major cost reduction […]