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May 11, 2007

ID Cards Costs Up

In a development that surprises absolutely no one at all the cost of one of the Government's IT projects has risen above first estimates.

Costs have risen by £840 million to £5.55 billion - some £2.4 billion higher than when the Government floated the idea in 2004.

There's some wry amusement here:

The Government says much of the cost will be recouped from charges for combined biometric passports and ID cards which will be introduced next year. These are predicted to cost £93 but this may have to rise to £100 or the taxpayer will have to meet the additional expense.

As, in this case, the "taxpayer" and "ID card holder" will be the same group, whether the money's raised by a charge or from the general revenue doesn't really make much difference, does it?

Actually, that is a thought. Anyone know the provisions in the law about what those on benefits will get charged for one? How are they going to screw £90 (or whatever) out of someone getting £50 a week?

The increases have come despite efforts to save money by scrapping plans for a new database. Instead the ID scheme will be bolted on to databases in Whitehall.

Hunh? The identity register will not in fact be a stand alone system? All this information will be on whatever leaky systems they've already got? Like that MTAS sysem perhaps? Doesn't that make it vastly worse?

But here's at least one set of spin on it:

The soaring cost of Tony Blair's ID card project was divulged by the Home Office yesterday under cover of his resignation statement.

Now he's gone it can be junked with minimal embarassment. Well, we can hope, anyway.

May 11, 2007 in Your Tax Money at Work | Permalink

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"Anyone know the provisions in the law about what those on benefits will get charged for one? How are they going to screw £90 (or whatever) out of someone getting £50 a week?"

Well, he won't be allowed to have his benefits unless he has an identity card. ;)

Posted by: ukliberty | May 11, 2007 1:02:13 PM