Saturday, January 26, 2008

No Student Loans without Gov't ID Card

Home Office documents
leaked to the Conservative party last night, those applying for student loans will be forced to hold identity cards to get the funding from 2010.

Anyone aged 16 or over will be expected to obtain a card - costing up to £100 - to open a bank account or apply for a student loan.

The document says: "We should issue ID cards to young people to assist them as they open their first bank account, take out a student loan, etc."

The government had planned to start issuing the ID cards to people applying for a passport from 2010, but confidential documents confirm that the scheme will be delayed to at least 2012.

The biometric cards are due to be introduced for foreign nationals later this year, with the first expected to be issued to UK citizens on a voluntary basis from 2009.

From next year, they will also be issued to people in "positions of trust" such as airport workers.

The revelations have led to concerns that the government is planning to collect the fingerprints and other biometric details of more than two million young people entering higher education each year by stealth.

Shadow immigration minister Damian Green called the plans "straightforward blackmail" to bolster "a failing policy".

"This is an outrageous plan. The government has seen its ID cards proposals stagger from shambles to shambles. They are clearly trying to introduce them by stealth."


Anonymous said...

If you search the web, I can't remember a URL, there are rumor stories saying that the plan all along is to scrap the ID card so people think the government have listened. But really the ID cards are a red herring, the real issue is all of the pan European data bases that are due to come onstream from 2010, which link not only systems within the uk but also across Europe.

Also most people already carry a card in their pocket which can be made into a defacto id card, namely your bank card, maybe that's why banks are working so hard to meet EU directives governing data sharing and why none of the cards in you pocket expire after 2010?

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