24 July 2006
This morning’s announcement that the price of a passport will rise again by almost one third  comes as no surprise to NO2ID  who predicted a rise of this magnitude in a briefing during the passage of the Identity Cards Bill .
Phil Booth, NO2ID National Coordinator said:
This is nothing more than a front for the introduction of the ID scheme. £15 more per person from October is just the first instalment of a plan that
will see you pay £93 or more for your passport once ID cards are introduced. The British public have already paid twice over for these so-called
The success of NO2ID’s ‘Renew for Freedom’ campaign  has obviously got the Home Office rattled. We expect tens if not hundreds of thousands more people to renew early to avoid this backdoor identity tax, and keep their personal details safe from the disaster-in-the-making that is the National Identity Register.
Our latest poll  shows that once people realise the ID scheme will involve compulsory interviews, support for ‘ID cards’ drops as low as 41%. The government is going to get its first taste of real public outrage when it starts interrogating people later this year.
Notes for editors
1) ePassport fees announced – http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/6898
2) NO2ID is the UK-wide, non-partisan campaign against compulsory ID cards and the National Identity Register, see http://www.no2id.net=20
3) See attached PDF for copy of analysis, including graph of projected price rise.
4) ‘Renew for Freedom’ was launched in May 2006 with its own website at http://www.renewforfreedom.org/index.html=20
5) ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 1001 adults aged 18+ by telephone between 21st-23rd July 2006. Interviews were conducted across the
country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
“Q.2 As part of the National Identity Scheme the government has also proposed that everyone is required to attend an interview to give personal details about themselves for use by the police, tax authorities, and all other government departments. From what you have seen or heard do you think that this is…?
NET: Good idea – 41% (40.9)
NET: Bad idea – 56% (56.1)
For further information including a copy of poll data, or for immediate or future interview, please contact Phil Booth (National Coordinator,
firstname.lastname@example.org) on 07974 230 839, or Michael Parker (Press Officer, email@example.com) on 07773 376 166.