Prepaid citizen card shortlisted for ‘Innovation of the Year’
A collaboration between payments specialist allpay and Bracknell Forest Council has been shortlisted for ‘Innovation of the Year’ at this year’s Payments Awards.
The e+ prepaid Citizen card – a unique smartcard produced by Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) and allpay –utilises dual chip technology to function as a multi-function smartcard and prepaid debit card, allowing people to better manage their social care payments and access numerous services.
The e+ card can be used wherever Visa payments are accepted (phone, online or point of sale) making it easier for people to pay for the goods, services and support they may need to live their lives to the full. As well as financial contributions, users can transfer their own money from their bank account onto the card providing clear sight over the finances available to them.
Vincent Paliczka, Director of Environment, Culture and Communities at BFC, said: "The prepaid card is another option for people in receipt of personal budget payments to pay for the goods and services they need. Not only is it secure and easy to manage, but the fact the card also gives access to popular council services means it is much more convenient than carrying several cards around. Broadening the use of the e+ card in this way means that the technology really does add value to our residents. It's all about choice and we hope the security of the card will encourage more people to take direct control of their personal budgets.
"The prepaid card system is also much simpler for the social care office to manage, so it improves back office efficiency and lowers costs. It also allows the council to provide a Visa card and online facility to the unbanked. allpay's experience within prepaid cards, card manufacturing and local government has allowed us to launch a unique solution that we feel adds value to all parties."
Pierre Galeon, Corporate and Commercial Director of allpay said: "Bracknell should be commended for its determination to consistently use new technology to improve and reduce the costs of services. Having worked with the council since last year on this joint solution, we're delighted to be in a position to see the cards now being issued, allowing the council to offer vulnerable people a more flexible way of managing their money."
"allpay's experience within prepaid cards, card manufacturing and local government has allowed us to launch a unique solution that we feel adds value to all parties."