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The BillPay website at www.billpayment.co.uk provided by Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank has received its 200,000th user registration.

This means that 200,000 people are able to pay bills through the site - without the need for an online bank account. They simply require access to the internet and a debit card.

Almost 200 organisations now accept payments via BillPay, including councils, utility companies, housing associations and the Inland Revenue.

Local authorities that have recently begun receiving payments through the BillPay website include Milton Keynes Council, Hastings Borough Council, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Gloucester City Council.

In the housing sector, Brent Housing Partnership and Circle 33 Housing Group are among the latest additions to www.billpayment.co.uk

Darren Whiteley, Product Manager for Bill Payments at Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank, said: "The popularity of BillPay is growing as more organisations recognise how quickly and easily they receive payments online. Typically, the service can be up and running in a matter of weeks - and at a fraction of the cost of developing an online payment system in-house.

"It is also very easy for customers to use - which encourages them to pay promptly."

The service is free to billpayers. Registering takes only a few moments and is carried out entirely online. It uses secure, 128-bit encryption technology and, unlike some sites, debit card details are not retained on the BillPay servers.

Once they sign up for the service, organisations simply need to add a link to BillPay on their own website to begin receiving payments this way.

The BillPay site is accessible 24 hours a day, making it a very convenient way to pay bills either at home or in the office. Since its launch in January 2000, users have paid about £50 million through www.billpayment.co.uk

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For further information, please contact:

Peter Brown Alliance & Leicester Press Office 0116 200 3355


Notes to Editors:

The BillPay service was previously offered under Alliance & Leicester's Girobank brand. However, with effect from 7 July, Girobank was merged with other parts of the group to form "Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank".

Copies of the new logo can be downloaded from http://www.alliance-leicester-photos.co.uk

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