Setting up Direct Debit online

A small client wishes to collect recurring payments by direct debit and wants this to be actioned online. Not sure where to start with this, I can see organisations that will do it for me but wondering if we can operate directly with the bank.

Has anybody experience of setting up an online DD payments system and is it better to work directly with the clients bank or to use a 'merchant' type service.
mfor101Asked:
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Eddie ShipmanAll-around developerCommented:
There are several ways to do this.

You can use Paypal's Adaptive Payments functionality to do the recurring payments. Or you can write your own recurring processor that submits ACH transactions to the client's bank.

Either way, it is going to take some development unless you are using one of the pre-made e-commerce packages that has a plugin for this.
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