By coincidence it was announced yesterday that:
The official cost of the ID card scheme has risen by £400m to £5.31bn
Hmm. The increase alone is enough to pay for 2,000 extra midwives, health visitors and social workers for each of the next five years. And while we’re on the subject of financial priorities, if the NIR costs £5.31bn, how come the government insists that the children’s ‘ContactPoint’ database will only cost £224m? Just curious, that’s all.