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Concern passport delays are putting holidays at risk but are you being affected?

07:43 11 June 2014

Passport and foreign money. Picture credit: PA Photo/Handout.

Passport and foreign money. Picture credit: PA Photo/Handout.

The Passport Office has denied that it is failing to cope with applications, despite claims of severe delays which are putting holidays at risk

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Its chief executive, Paul Pugh, said more than 99pc of “straightforward applications” were being processed within four weeks.

His comments follow earlier denials by Theresa May and the Home Office of major problems in the system.

Unions have claimed job cuts over the past five years are to blame for long hold-ups.

The Passport Office boss said there had been “exceptional” summer demand but that extra staff have been brought in to handle applications.

“We are operating seven days a week and our couriers are delivering passports within 24 hours of being produced,” he said.

“We have issued almost three million passports for UK customers in 2014, including over one million issued in the eight weeks since the start of April.

Have you been affected by passport delays? Leave a comment below.

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4 comments

  • Amazes me how people can spend thousands on a holiday, and when they leave ths faueir passport to the last month, it is someones else's fault it is not there on time. As previous comment goes, i need a holiday, check passport first and then book holiday. It's not rocket science

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I renewed my passport ahead of time at the end of October of last year. I was more than surprised, and happy, that it took only eight days to receive my new one!

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Don't know why people need to go abroad when there are lovely beaches and sunshine in Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton

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    blister

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Why would anyone be stupid enough to book an overseas holiday or flight and not already have a valid passport?

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    Norfolk John

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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