The National Identity Card scheme, introduced by the Labour Government in 2008 for immigrants coming to study in the UK or work in the UK, looks to be on its way out for UK Citizens, according to new Home Office boss Theresa May.
The new Home Secretary also confirmed plans to introduce an annual UK immigration cap on those coming from non-EU nations. However, any details of the annual limit on UK immigration are yet to be announced.
ID cards were originally heralded as the answer to a range of issues including securing the UK’s borders and controlling illegal immigration.
ID cards were due to be rolled out to UK Citizens over the next thre or four years, but had earned widespread criticism and opposition by both the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.
Both the parties argued that ID cards, which would have cost billions of pounds to implement and run, were a waste of money and inefficient in curbing illegal immigration, terrorism and organized crime in the UK.
Although the National Identity Card scheme has cost millions to set up, scrapping the programme will help the new Government reach its spending target of £6 billion in cuts this year.
The statement by the Home Office said that the process of cancellation of ID cards and National Identity Register will be announced in a period of next two weeks. Meanwhile, the ID cards will remain valid and people can apply for getting ID cards until legislation by parliament is passed.
The Home Office has advised people to wait for any further announcements before applying for ID cards.
No details of how existing cards will be phased out or replaced has yet been announced.
Other changes announced by the incoming Lib Dem and Conservative coalition Government in the UK include DNA database reforms, reviewing of liberal laws and stricter regulation of CCTV.
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