Pega Helps HMRC to Mitigate Risk for UK Government’s COVID-19 Support Initiatives

Pega Intelligent Automation and Robotics solutions support Chancellor’s measures designed to help UK businesses and individuals during pandemic

Pegasystems Inc.,, the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, has announced that it has been working with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to support the UK government’s COVID-19 initiatives by helping it to mitigate against fraud and risk with businesses and individuals applying for support.

The government programs aimed at job retention, supporting income for the self-employed, support for the hospitality industry, and providing rebates for statutory sick pay, were all introduced earlier this year by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of the government’s measures to help businesses and individuals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The department was already using Pega Intelligent Automation case management solutions for 18 years to assist with customer service, fraud investigation, customs, and legal. This included the department’s Caseflow application, which helps with compliance and enforcement of risk management and assessment relating to potential tax avoidance, fraud, and insufficient tax payment.

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With support from Coforge, a Pega platinum partner, Pega extended the department’s existing Caseflow application to mitigate against potential risk around each of the four COVID-19 plans. The new capabilities were configured, tested, and deployed in just eight days. Pega Consulting also helped implement Pega Attended RPA™ as part of its intelligent automation strategy to automate the process of stopping payments where risk was identified – a project that was implemented from start to finish inside two weeks.

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As of September 20, the government’s program to support job retention had received claims totalling £39.3 billion from 1.2 million employers, while as of the same date, grants claimed for the second initiative aimed at supporting income for the self-employed reached a total of £5.6 billion, following 2.2 million claims since August 17, 2020. HMRC received 2.6 million claims for £7.6 billion under the first of these income support measures for the self-employed through to July 31, 2020.

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