Tories would scrap ID cards and Contactpoint, says Cameron


Tories would scrap ID cards and Contactpoint, says Cameron

Rebecca Thomson

ID cards and the Contactpoint database will be the first IT-related projects to go if the Conservatives get into power, David Cameron said today.

Cameron said far more money will have to be cut from the government's set of financial responsibilities in order for public finances to be brought back under control.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme, "We are going to have to get more for less."

The Contactpoint database of every child in Britain will be scrapped, as will ID cards. He said that the NHS Programme for IT may have progressed too far to be abandoned.

He also hinted that the Tories would get rid of the 50p tax rate for high earners, which Labour introduced in yesterday's Budget. There are concerns that the high rate could cause a "brain drain" in the technology sector.

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