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ID card holders will get no refund

Early adopters of ID cards will not get a refund from the Government now it has decided to scrap the scheme.

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Many may be celebrating the scrapping of the Labour Government's ID card scheme, but those who paid up early are going to be left out of pocket.

Last week, the new Lib Dem/Conservative coalition Government confirmed the controversial scheme was to be scrapped.

Despite the fact those early adopters who forked out 30 for the cards will now have to purchase a passport, there will not be any refunds given out.

The Daily Telegraph reported former shadow home secretary Chris Grayling who lost out on the cabinet post to Theresa May had "signalled" there would be refunds.

However, a leaked version of tomorrow's Queens Speech has revealed refunds will not be offered.

A spokesperson from the Home Office told IT PRO no refund will be offered but the scrapping of the scheme would be done "at the lowest possible cost to the tax payer."

About 13,000 signed up for the cards, meaning the payout would come in around the 400,000 mark, but its unclear how many cards had actually been given out.

To read more about the coalition Government's policy plans click here.

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