Re: [BCAB] government gateway Graham Page 19 Nov 2012 12:09 GMT

Thanks for your advice Linda.

This really does feel like a big government mess however.  it's clunky,
awkward and inherently insecure because you need this ID and then it is sent
in a form that is difficult to use and work with.  I said I had forgotten my
ID and got sent another which let me log into the government gateway which
does not include job match as one of the services listed.  I tried to then
log in on the job match site to be told my account is locked and that I
should contact the help desk.  No contact details or a link were given on
the page that  appeared.

If other people are having the trouble I've had getting this to work I don't
suppose we can shut down all the call centres run by DWP where they can do a
job search for you just yet (smile).

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces@lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Linda
Welding
Sent: 19 November 2012 11:49
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] government gateway

You have to wait for a user id to be sent in the post.

Linda

-----Original Message-----
From: Graham Page
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 11:26 AM
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: [BCAB] government gateway

Hi all.

Has anyone used the government gateway website?  The idea is that you can
register one username and password to access government services.  I did
this and was asked to verify my email address.

I tried to log in and was told I should have a user ID.  I have an email
confirming registration but this does not contain a user ID.

I clicked on forgotten my user ID and have been asked for my password and
email address.  The page that was returned gives the first half of my user
ID and says the second half will be sent in an email for security reasons.

There are 2 or 3 major things wrong with this approach.  Firstly, user ids
generated by the system are bad news because people don't choose them so
often don't remember them.  Secondly, this process of half the id displayed
on screen and half emailed to you is just bureaucracy  gone mad and in fact
this could be a scene from that infocom game written in part by Douglas
Adams called Bureaucracy!  Is this procedure really that complicated or am I
missing something obvious?y

Graham Page

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