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27 December, 2004

Speculate to accumulate

NØ2IDAnother titbit about UK identity cards:

Supporters of the cards, including the new Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, frequently allege that:

Some 50 million a year is claimed illegally from the benefits systems using false identities.
Yet Peter Lilly MP, quoted in El Reg has calculated that in order to defeat 50 million of fraud, the Department of Work and Pensions would need to install terminals costing at least 1 billion i.e. they'd break even in a mere twenty years.

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