Saturday, 11 July 2009

The Government has to tackle identity fraud

David Williams, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, welcomes the speeding up the supply of national identity cards to those most in need, so that they can benefit from a secure form of ID that also protects their privacy.

David Williams said, "The National Identity Service is now an entirely voluntary service. This means that there will be no compulsory element around critical workers. So, no UK national will be compelled to get a national identity card.

"In an age when we are regularly required to prove our identity, I am convinced of the benefits of the National Identity Service, particularly for the most vulnerable in society.

"The passport is the document most used and trusted when proving our identity, yet one-in-five of the population do not have one. The most vulnerable in our society also struggle to produce documents that the rest of us take for granted, such as utility bills.

"We all face the threat of identity theft and fraud and minimising the paper trail of your identity details is key to facing that threat. This is where a national identity card can help all of us."

You can declare your interest in a identity card by visiting Identity and Passport Service


Anonymous said...

Will you be taking one up as you live in manchester who are the first area to trial these cards , I believe it is a total waste of money, Theres a lot more important issues this money could be used for.

David Williams said...

I will indeed be applying for an identity card. I very much value my identity and having had it stolen once I do not want it to happen again. The sooner the authorities who require you to prove your identity are using biometrics the better. That way we can all be confident of our personal security.