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  ID card plans revealed
Updated 03 July 2002, 19.20
ID card mock-up
Identity cards could soon be carried by everyone in the UK, according to David Blunkett, the Home Secretary.

Computerised cards could store a photo, finger prints and your name and address.

The government wants to hear what the public thinks before bringing in any cards.

What's the point?

The government thinks ID cards will help:

  • stop people who cheat extra money on benefits
  • fight terrorism

But many people think that identity cards will get in the way of personal freedom and cause problems for those who need benefit money the most.

Fact File
Which countries already use ID cards?
Belgium
France
Germany
Netherlands
Portugal

Will kids have to carry one?

The plan is to bring together driving licences and passports - so kids may not be old enough to have to carry an ID card.

Most kids already know what it's like to carry identity cards for the bus or train, for the school library and some have school entry cards.

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