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Allpay has launched seven case studies showcasing their work with Ealing, Edinburgh, Southend, Surrey, The Hyde Group, Birmingham & Southwark . You can find them on the home page of the Guidance section.

North East Purchasing Organisation (NEPO) has launched a new framework contract for prepaid cards which is available to all UK councils and health organisations. Details can be found in the guidance section.

On Monday 23rd January Aquarium wrote to it’s customers to say they are withdrawing from the public sector prepaid market. We believe this is due to an increase in prices from their card supplier, coupled with a historical marketing tactic of always trying to submit the lowest bid to tenders. Further details on request.

APS has announced that it is withdrawing from the public sector prepaid cards market. This has been discussed at length in the Winter series of network meetings and a guide to transitioning is available. Please contact Colin for details.

 

The 100th UK council has now signed up to use prepaid cards to make direct payment. Between them the councils will load approximately £500m onto the cards this year.

 

The presentation made at the summer 16 series of network meetings by Prepaid Financial Services on card fraud is available in the general guidance section, and those by North Tyneside and Plymouth on using prepaid spend data for reporting are now available in the members only guidance section. To gain access to this area simply join the network via this site

 

Our guide to the implementation of prepaid cards can now be found in the Guidance section

 

Case study slide sets from the autumn Using Prepaid Cards – 4 Years On workshops can now be found in the guidance section. Thanks to East Sussex, Nottinghamshire, Wolverhampton, Merton, York, Brent, Gateshead and North Tyneside for showcasing their great work

 

APS has recently released interesting figures showing how service users are spending their funds. The figures represent spending across all programmes across all councils using APS prepaid card. Food for thought on service planning?

  • 80% of spend is made by Direct Debit/Standing Order, 15% by ATM use and only 5% by card purchase
  • 90% of eligible transactions are carried out online and only 10% via telephone support

 

Slides from Bracknell Forest’s recent presentation on smartcards and their initiative to add prepaid functionality can be found in the guidance section

 

Here’s the link to the Pensions Regulator’s page on auto enrolment which also contains the slides used at the summer network meetings

www.tpr.gov.uk/doc-library/ae-presentations.aspx

 

Surrey County Council has published the guidance and access details for their new prepaid cards framework contract Surrey CC Framework Guidance

The framework contract can be used by any council, CCG or CSU in the UK

The framework contract suppliers are Advanced Payment Solutions, Prepaid Financial Services, Allpay and Aquarium Software

Please contact Nicola.sinnett@surreycc.gov.uk for further details