Home Secretary Alan Johnson has unveiled the final design of the new national identity card. Ministers plan to launch the £30 biometric ID card nationwide in 2011 or 2012 - but it will not be compulsory. As former-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith had confirmed back in May, the card will be offered to members of the public in the Greater Manchester region from the end of this year. However, they will not be compulsory for pilots and airside workers at Manchester and London City airports, as it had been previously hoped that an 18 month ID card trial would take place at the airports. What do the people of Greater Manchester think about the ID cards? Below is a news broadcast featuring the views of local residents.
Are you confused what information an ID card will hold? View this guide to find out. The ID cards themselves will look like this:
Speaking at St Pancras Station in central London, Mr Johnson said the card would provide people with a 'safe and secure' way of proving their identity. He hopes that the card will help combat identity fraud, enable the holder to travel to Europe without their passports and remove the hassle of using bank statements or gas bills to show who you are, he said. Below is a news broadcast of Mr Johnson talking about the ID cards.
However, various politicians and groups have spoken out against the ID cards:
What do the people of Greater Manchester think about the ID cards? Below is a news broadcast featuring the views of local residents.