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UK government to scrap ID card scheme

The UK government will this week confirm plans to scrap the former Labour government's ID card scheme which has already cost UK taxpayers billions of pounds. However, in a sign of potential controversy the government has declared that the 13,000 people who have already bought ID cards, on a voluntary basis, will not be refunded.

The estimated £500,000 cost of refunding those who have already acquired ID cards is deemed by the government to be one step too far while at the same time announcing plans to cut public-sector investment by £6 billion. Initially it was thought that the Conservative party was in favour of refunds for those who had already acquired ID cards but this would now not appear to be the case. To make matters worse, those who acquired ID cards will now be forced to acquire a new UK passport at their own expense!

There is no doubt that the UK government has some very difficult and very serious decisions to make in the short to medium term. Each day seems to bring a new challenge for David Cameron and while he currently enjoys his honeymoon period in office there are sure to be many ups and downs in the planned five-year tenure of the coalition government, if it lasts that long!

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