Thursday, 15 May 2008

£5bn ID Cards Scheme Does Not Add Up

James Hall, Chief Executive of the Identity & Passport Service (IPS), has stated that IPS cannot justify the £5bn National Identity Scheme (NIS) in financial terms within the business case.
Read more here.

The government will of course make ID Cards compulsory simply to justify the scheme and recoup the heavy losses. In forcing the public to go onto the identity register and receive a card when applying for a new passport means they would be compulsory for anyone wanting to ever travel abroad. The whole scheme was initially ludicrous when proposed in Labour's (now broken) manifesto commitment of only rolling the scheme out on a voluntary basis. The £5bn would have been better served going towards police, border and security services to fight crime and terrorism.

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