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Smith targets public sector in ID card hard-sell

The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, yesterday gave a broad indication that millions of public-sector teachers, nurses and care staff in “positions of trust” are to be given a fast-track incentive to sign up early for an ID card to get the “critical mass” she needs for the controversial scheme. She promised to speed up the introduction of the scheme by allowing people to get a card without waiting to renew their passport, enabling its full introduction by 2017, two years ahead of previous plans. Full Story

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