UK Compulsory National Identity Cards (ID Cards)
To Prevent Benefit Fraud
The Government argues that compulsory National ID Cards will cut benefit fraud -
this is a very misleading claim. It is true that there is a huge
amount of benefit fraud. It is false to suggest the ID Cards will
wipe this out.
Most benefit fraud is not identity fraud. Instead it comes
from people claiming benefit whilst actually working or otherwise
lying about their circumstances. Identity Cards will do nothing to
Most illegal immigrants currently work at the
fringes of legality, where pay is in cash, no questions asked.
Such employers are unlikely to start demanding to see Identity
Cards. If they do then many illegal immigrants will have no choice
but to turn to crime to survive. Thus compulsory National Identity
Cards could actually raise the crime rate.
As for the benefit "scroungers", most of these gain their benefit
quite legally. You might not like the fact that they receive it,
that's a different issue. Identity Cards will not force people to
See also: Entitlement vs Identity
UK ID Cards - Introduction
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