How long before a UK "ID Card" costs over £150 ?
Computer Weekly has an article, also picked up on Kablenet, which shows how the Passport Office is planning to use commercial databases like Experian as part of its ID document checking, but is also going to reduce the validity period of a Passport from 10 years to only 5 years.
"The Home Office confirmed last year that the introduction of biometrics would be paid for by raising the cost of passports from £42 to £73 and driving licences from £38 to £73. But under the latest proposals, the public could have to pay for new passports every five years rather than every 10, effectively doubling the price."
The price of a Passport went up last October 2003 from £33 to £42 (i.e. a 21% increase) to pay for "extra security", and that the recent change in the Birth Certificate requirement for first time passports to no longer accept the cheaper "short" certificate, which means that a lot of people are going to have to get a "full" birth certificate costing £11.50
Is this all part of a plan so as to be able to offer discounts to those who sign up for a "Voluntary" Biometric ID Card ?