[noborders-brum] Remember, remember the 25th of November
Nellie de jongh
ncadc at ncadc.org.uk
Sat Nov 22 06:21:02 UTC 2008
Remember, remember the 25th of November (for
those of you who have forgot, this is the day we
are doing nothing about the introduction of ID
£1,000 penalties for out-of-date ID details
* Ministers want to avoid creating identity 'martyrs'
* Initial £30 fee to be 'modified' by 2012
Alan Travis, home affairs editor, The Guardian, Saturday November 22 2008
People who fail to tell the authorities of a
change of address or amend other key personal
details within three months will face civil
penalty fines of up to £1,000 a time when the
national identity card scheme is up and running,
according to draft Home Office regulations
The Home Office made clear that repeated failures
to keep an entry on the national identity
register up to date could ultimately be enforced
by bailiffs being sent round to seize property.
But yesterday's detailed regulations to implement
the national identity card scheme make clear that
they intend to avoid the creation of ID card
"martyrs", by levying no penalty on those who
refuse to register for the national identity card
database in the first place.
The Liberal Democrat peer, Lady Williams, is
amongst ID card "refuseniks" who have said they
are prepared to go to jail rather than sign up
for the scheme.
But the regulations show that the main sanction
they are likely to face is being barred from
leaving the country when it is time to renew
The regulations confirm ministers' intention to
make passports a "designated document" which
means anyone applying or renewing their passport
will be automatically issued with an ID card at
the same time. Ministers claim that this does not
amount to compulsion but ID card critics disagree.
The consultation on the fine detail of how the ID
card scheme will work in practice published
yesterday also makes clear:
* The £30 initial fee for a standalone ID card
valid for travel in Europe only is capped for the
year 2009/10 when it will be compulsory for
airport workers and on a voluntary basis for
students. The regulations allow for this fee to
be "modified" in future years including by 2012,
when it is anticipated that mass rollout will
take place with 5-6 million combined
passports/identity cards a year expected to be
issued. Passport fees will be on top of this
* If it necessary to change any of the details
held on the card, such as name or fingerprints
which entail a new card being issued, a further
£30 will be charged. Changes of address or other
details which do not appear on the card will not
* Transgendered people: those "moving from their
birth gender to an acquired gender" will be able
to apply for two ID cards - one for each gender.
The second ID card will use a different name,
signature and photograph although they will be
linked as one entry on the national ID card
register. Nevertheless they will be charged two
fees for the privilege of holding two cards.
* Homeless people and others who live "transient
lifestyles" will also be able to register under
the scheme. The Home Office expects to be able to
agree with homeless people a suitable place to be
registered as their residence - presumably even
if it is only a railway arch. Those who move
around frequently for work will be able to
register their principal residence without
notifying each move.
But the draft regulations also set out in detail
the escalating series of fines for those who fail
to keep their ID card register entry up to date
or fail to correct errors on it.
The kind of details that must be provided within
three months are a change of address, a change of
name perhaps because of marriage or by deed poll,
a change of nationality, a change of gender, or a
significant change in an individual's face or
their fingerprints perhaps because of an accident.
The Home Office say they will not need to police
this aspect as it will soon become apparent when
somebody tries, for example, to get on a plane
with a ID card/passport with an out of date
address that does not match that the bank
debit/credit card they used to book the flight.
They say they may well find themselves not being
allowed to travel. Those who lose their ID Cards
or have them stolen will have to report the loss
within a month.
Fines for failure to update the register start at
£125 going up to £1,000 for repeatedly failing to
comply. As a civil penalty the bailiffs may be
sent in to enforce payment.
The shadow home secretary, Dominic Grieve, said
the scheme was truly the worst of all worlds -
expensive, intrusive and unworkable.
"The home secretary has confirmed the worst
element of the scheme - a single, mammoth and
highly vulnerable database exposing masses of our
personal details to criminal hackers.
"Worse still, she has magnified the scope for
fraud by allowing spot fines to be issued by
email," he said.
The NO2ID campaign say that in just four weeks in
2005, more than 10,000 people pledged online to
refuse to register for an ID card.
"It is possible that refusal could be made a
crime but the government has shied away from that
so far. If enough people say no, it will be
impossible," said a campaign spokesman.
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