ID cards will cost £5.4bn

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

The British government has announced that the ID card will cost £5.4bn to set up and run over the next 10 years.

Pull the other one, it’s got bells on!

The cost to the Home Office might be £5.4bn for 10 years but the real costs will be well above that.  Every public body that wants – or has – to take part in the ID database scheme will have to pay for it.  They will have to pay for the cost of implementing the scheme, infrastructure, ongoing costs, etc.  Every police car will have to have a card reader as will hospitals, doctors surgery’s, dentists, etc.  Every time we interact with the state we will have to use our ID cards and we will foot the bill for every state agency, government department and private company that uses it.

NØ2ID estimate the cost at £20bn.  I can see it costing that much in the first year, if not more.


  1. A brummie (75 comments) says:

    shameless bullshit from HMG once more

  2. Sean Lynch (80 comments) says:

    The Conservatives are going to scrap this farcical, intrusive, expensive for you and me, EU(SSR) inspired plan.
    That alone is worth voting for in my opinion.

  3. SisterCrow (1 comments) says:

    The Conservativew would scrap the scheme, then bring it back in 4 years time under a different name and claim they thought of it.

    The money would be better spent getting our children out of poverty, which is on the increase according to the ever “accurate” recent figures.

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