It’s now faster for Brits to pay for official services online because the UK government now supports Apple Pay and Google Pay for some online services as part of a trial. Brits will enjoy the added convenience.
It’s very useful for travel of course. You can use your mobile device to quickly pay for Global Entry like fast-tracking entry to the US, the Registered Traveller Service for frequent non-EU visitors to the UK, and the Electronic Visa Waiver Service which some Middle Eastern visitors to the UK use. It also works for “basic” DBS checks for work.
Officials expect to spread payments to other, more “central” government services and local government, health care and the police. This isn’t Earth-shattering news, but it should make things just a tad easier when paying for government services. This is a rare thing in government and if it really makes it less of a hassle, maybe it will lead other organizations and countries to do the same and make it easier for them too.
Why they didn’t use Paypal I have no idea. It has a longer history and already has the infrastructure in place. And most people already have an account already too.