BillPay website sees 37% leap in users

The number of people paying bills online through the Alliance & Leicester’s BilPay website shot up by 37% during 2006 to pass the million mark for the first time, the bank has announced.

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The number of people paying bills online through the Alliance & Leicester’s BilPay website shot up by 37% during 2006 to pass the million mark for the first time, the bank has announced.

The BillPay website was launched in 2000 and is used by HM Revenue and Customs, 125 local authorities and a number of utility firms.

Alliance & Leicester head of payment services Graham Long said: “Our 2006 figures highlight the growing number of businesses choosing to enable their customers to make payments online, due to the convenience this channel provides.”

The addition of a credit card payment service and enhanced user security had increased consumer confidence in the service, he added.

Figures released by UK payments association Apacs last week revealed that online and telephone banking payments more than trebled between 2000 and 2005, rising from 36.7m to 118.1m, while almost 17 million people now bank online. Regular payments made with cash have fallen by 9% since 2000, while bill payments by cheque dropped 26%.

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