The cost of cards

We are told that the hated ID card will cost £30-£50 per person every five years.


Service personnel have an identity card which gets them into all but the most sensitive defence areas. Yet in an answer to a parliamentary question (Hansard 21 Feb 2005 : column 255W) a Defence Minister says that the current cost of producing a pass is only approximately £4 per card.

4 Responses to “The cost of cards”

  1. helen wilson Says:

    It seems unfair to pass the cost of ID cards onto the individual, especially those with large families. For people who move home or occupation frequently, the cost of updating personal information would be outrageous.

  2. Guy Herbert Says:

    Saying, “it’s unfair that [certain] people have to pay,” opens a possible Government tactic of “concessions” on charges.

    But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Everyone will pay, regardless of whether the system is “free” or not. The money spent on it will be money raised in taxes and not spent on other public services. You will lose as a taxpayer or a benefit recipient, or both, even if you don’t have to hand over money directly. And the compliance costs-waste of time and inconvenience, and the raised prices in all the private services that will be forced to use the system-are costs that will be paid by everyone. They aren’t even considered by the Government.

  3. David Says:

    The military ID card is a simple photocard. These are quick and cheap to produce, however good the security features. But the government’s proposed ID cards are very different. They are biometric “smart” cards and these cost more. But the real extra cost lies in the need to scan the entire population to get this biometric data, and in the vast computer system that will then be needed to hold all this data, together with associated card readers etc. This is also the reason why so many of us are so opposed to the government proposals: the actual ID card is just the tip of the iceberg, the real menace is the intrusive “big brother” registration system that lurks beneath the surface.

  4. Europhobia Says:

    �83.46 for each British citizen
    This money could have been used to fund ID cards for every citizen, and still leave the government with at least �1.965 billion change.

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