Opposition of the Government's National Identity Card Scheme (0809P10)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: Creative Industries

Passed: 27/04/2009 | Lapsed: 04/02/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • That the National Identity Scheme will cost each student hundreds of pounds in registration fees, renewal fees and travel expenses
  • That the National Identity Scheme will make students liable to pay fines of between £1,000 and £2,500 if they do not adhere to the Scheme’s conditions. (For example, if they do not inform the Government when they move house)
  • That numerous other students’ unions have already passed similar resolutions in opposition to the National Identity Scheme
  • That the Government’s planned implementation of the Scheme discriminates against students
  • That the alleged benefits of the scheme are unproven and widely disputed
  • That compliance with the National Identity Scheme dramatically increases the likelihood of students’ personal information being lost, stolen, misused or otherwise sold on without their knowledge or consent
  • That registration to the centralised National Identity database will mean a lifetime of unprecedented state surveillance and bureaucratic control
  • To oppose in principle that students are used in the initial implementation of the National Identity Scheme
  • To refuse to cooperate with the National Identity Scheme, unless specifically required to do so by law
  • To mandate the Sabbatical Team to write to the Home Secretary expressing these views and asking her to reconsider her insistence on pushing forward with this Scheme
  • To mandate SUSU President to write to the Vice Chancellor expressing these views
  • To mandate SUSU President to review this policy in November 2009 to decide whether further action should be taken
    Sorry, there are no Mandates for this policy