ID card scheme heading for the bin

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Home secretary Theresa May this week promised “a Millennium Dome's worth of savings” during the second reading of the Identity Documents Bill that will bring the national ID card scheme to an end.

Once it gains Royal Assent, the bill will invalidate all cards within one month and erase all information held on the National Identity Register. The target date for abolition will be the end of August, but under the terms of the bill none of the 15,000 citizens who paid £30 to get an ID card will get a refund.

In seeing through one of the measures that featured in the manifesto of both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition partners, the Home Secretary characterised the ID card scheme as “intrusive and bullying, ineffective and expensive”.

Since it was introdu...

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