Home Office To Encourage Young Londoners To Get ID Cards

Young people in London, aged between 16-year-old and 24-year-old, will be able to apply for identity cards under the contentious National Identity Card Scheme from the 8th of February, according to the UK Home Office.

This could prove to be a useful move for many, as the card, which would cost £30, could be used in theory in place of expired passports while travelling across Europe, as well as a proof for age across retail outlets in the UK.

Extolling the move, passport minister Meg Hiller said: “The national identity card will prove an extremely useful tool for young people in London, whether they are opening a bank account, buying age-restricted goods such as computer games or DVDs, entering a nightclub or travelling to Europe”.

However, it has been reported that some of the initial adopters of identity cards had faced difficulties using them as travel documents.

While the Home Office touted the utility of the identity card in helping the youth in London, the Conservative Party has slammed the move by describing it as “pointless”.

The Conservative Damian Green said: “I would advise any 16 to 24-year-old in London who is thinking of spending £30 on this pointless scheme, which will open people up to huge government intrusion, to spend their money elsewhere.”

Our Comments

A specific instance of someone having problems using the card to travel was reported by the BBC which mentioned that a Salford resident Eastwood was denied travel to Rotterdam in December, in spite of having the identity card. Anyhow, the Tories have already confirmed that they would be axing the scheme once they come to power.

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