ID cards officially axed

By James Wilmore

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Related tags: Id cards, Personal identification, Identity document, Passport, Coalition government

ID cards are to be officially scrapped by the coalition government, after they were branded "ineffective and expensive". The government's Identity...

ID cards are to be officially scrapped by the coalition government, after they were branded "ineffective and expensive".

The government's Identity Documents Bill received Royal Assent yesterday, meaning the cards and National Identity Register will be invalidated within a month.

The controversial plan for ID cards was introduced by Labour through the 2006 Identity Cards Act.

"The Identity Card Scheme represented the worst of government," said Home Office Minister Damian Green. "It was intrusive, bullying, ineffective and expensive."

"The government is committed to scaling back the power of the state and restoring civil liberties. This is just the first step in the process of restoring and maintaining our freedoms."

The Home Office claimed the ID cards scheme had cost the taxpayer £292m.

In September Home Office minister James Brokenshire said the government supports the PASS card as an acceptable form of ID for young people, as an alternative to a driving licence or passport.

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