The junior Home Office Minister Meg Hillier, who is at least as out of her depth about ID Cards and databases as her predecessors, has now signed the Statutory Instrument which kicks off a dubious small scale version of the National Identity Register, coming into force on the 30th November 2009, several years late.
Instead of limiting this test area scheme to just Manchester, as promised, the Home Office have sneaked in the whole of Greater Manchester and some of the surrounding Post Codes as well:
They have also broadened the potential catchment area, by including not just permanent residents, but anyone who works at premises within the designated Post Codes as well.
However you will already have to have a Passport in order to apply for an ID Card, so what exactly is the incentive for doing so ?
Remember also, that once you have been registered on the National Identity Register , your biometrics and other personal data will never be removed, for the rest of your life (and beyond), even if you decide not to renew your ID Card.
You will also be risking fines of up to £2500 if you fail to to keep the National Identity Register updated with all of your addresse.
You will be blamed (not the Home Office or any of their sub-contractors) for any malfunctions in
the card or reader electronics etc.
Only the people working airside at Manchester Airport and at the City of London Airport will have the £30 registration fee waived.
All the Home Office and Identity and Passport Service employees or sub-contractors on Greater London, the City of London and the Inns of Court can also apply for an ID Card, but they will still have to pay for it.
Anybody stupid enough to be working directly or indirectly, on or with the National Identity Scheme computer and telecommunications infrastructure, also risks up to 10 years in prison and / or an unlimited fine, if they decide to go on strike or "work to rule", in pursuit of an an industrial dispute. They also risk these criminal penalties for accidental software or hardware errors or misconfigurations etc. beyond their personal control
See previous Spy Blog articles e.g. 5 more National Identity Scheme Statutory Instruments - do Thales Group and 3M Company employees realise that they face up to 10 years in prison for any mistakes or strikes?
Here are the Manchester area Post Codes where the wretched National Identity Scheme is being first inflicted on:
SCHEDULE Article 2(4)(b)
Postcodes corresponding to a place of residence, and a place of work
BL0, BL1, BL2, BL3, BL4, BL5, BL6, BL7, BL8, BL9, BL11, BL78;
All the BL = Bury and Bolton postcodes
BL80 BOLTON Bolton - Bolton - a non-geographic postcode
M1, M11, M12, M13, M14, M15, M16, M17, M18, M19, M2, M20, M21, M22, M23, M24, M25, M26, M27, M28, M29, M3, M30, M31, M32, M33, M34, M35, M38, M4, M40, M41, M43, M44, M45, M46, M5, M50, M6, M60, M7, M8, M9, M90, M99;
All the M = Manchester postcodes including Manchester, Salford and Sale.
OL1, OL10, OL11, OL12, OL15, OL16, OL2, OL3, OL4, OL5, OL6, OL7, OL8, OL9;
OL13 BACUP Bacup, Britannia, Stacksteads - Rossendale
OL14 TODMORDEN Cornholme, Todmorden, Eastwood, Walsden - Calderdale
SK1, SK14, SK15, SK16, SK2, SK3, SK4, SK5, SK6, SK7, SK8;
About half of the SK = Stockport postcodes
SK10 MACCLESFIELD Macclesfield, Bollington, Prestbury - Cheshire East
SK11 MACCLESFIELD Macclesfield - Cheshire East
SK12 STOCKPORT Disley, Poynton - Cheshire East
SK13 GLOSSOP Glossop, Hadfield - High Peak
SK16 DUKINFIELD Dukinfield - Tameside
SK17 BUXTON Buxton, Tideswel -l High Peak
SK22 HIGH PEAK Birch Vale, Hayfield, Little Hayfield, New Mills, Rowarth - High Peak
SK23 HIGH PEAK Buxworth, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Combs, Furness Vale, Kettleshulme, Whaley Bridge - High Peak
WA13, WA14, WA15, WA3;
WA1 WARRINGTON Warrington, Town Centre, Woolston, Paddington, Bruche - Warrington
WA2 WARRINGTON Warrington, Orford, Longford, Dallam, Padgate, - Warrington
WA4 WARRINGTON Warrington, Latchford, Stockton Heath, Appleton, Grappenhall, Daresbury, Moore, Walton - Warrington/Halton
WA5 WARRINGTON Warrington, WA5(4) Burtonwood,Westbrook, Penketh, Great Sankey, White Cross. - Warrington
WA6 FRODSHAM Frodsham, Helsby - Cheshire West and Chester
WA7 RUNCORN Runcorn - Halton
WA8 WIDNES Widnes, Cronton - Halton/Knowsley
WA9 ST. HELENS Clock Face, Sutton, Thatto Heath - St. Helens
WA10 ST. HELENS Eccleston, St. Helens, West Park - St. Helens
WA11 ST. HELENS Crank, Haydock, Moss Bank, Rainford - St. Helens
WA12 NEWTON-LE-WILLOWS Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown - St. Helens
WA16 KNUTSFORD Knutsford - Cheshire East
WA88 WIDNES Royal Avenue, Widnes - Halton (borough)
WN1, WN2, WN3, WN4, WN5, WN6, WN7.
Most of the WN = Wigan postcodes
WN8 SKELMERSDALE, WIGAN Chapel House, Dalton, Holland Moor, Newburgh, Parbold, Roby Mill, Skelmersdale, Southway, Upholland - West Lancashire