UK Liberty

Why the ID scheme will (not) prevent benefit fraud and illegal working

Posted in ID Cards by ukliberty on October 6, 2008

[hat-tip Andrew Watson]

Kable (my emphasis in bold):

The Home Office has reversed its guidance that foreign nationals applying for benefits would have to produce an identity card, a day after it was issued

The new “level 1 guidance”, published on 26 September, says that contrary to a document issued by the Home Office the day before, it will not be mandatory for people from outside the EU to show their identity cards to officials if they want to claim benefits.

… Whereas the new guidance says that “employers are not legally required to check documents“, another document on the department’s website say that “employers will be required to check the card to ensure that the person is entitled to live and work in the United Kingdom if they wish to establish statutory excuse against liability for a civil penalty”. …

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