Summer holidays at risk
Earlier in the week, The Times reported that chaos was looming as the busy holiday season approached. They described how summer holidays were at risk for millions because of a “shambles” in processing passport renewals as ministers urged people to get applications in “as soon as possible”.
The government claims there has been an unprecedented surge in demand after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions because five million people had delayed renewing their passports during the pandemic. The Passport Office, however, is still understood to be largely working from home – similar to the staff DVLC and the consequent huge backlog of driving license renewals.
Under post-Brexit EU travel rules, Brits travelling abroad must have at least three months’ validity remaining on their passport, which threatens to put more strain on the system.
The Telegraph this morning reports that the head of the beleaguered government department was under pressure on Wednesday night to return to work full-time at its headquarters, as it emerged there are 700,000 outstanding applications to clear.
The Passport Office website states that Abi Tierney lives in Leicestershire. The family home is 100 miles from the Passport Office’s headquarters in central London and the journey takes about three hours, either by car or public transport.
Passport website crashes
The Mirror reported yesterday that the passport website had crashed as Brits fear they will have to cancel summer holidays: “Brits wanting to renew their passports before travelling overseas are reporting big delays and website issues, with some now despairing that they will have to rebook their trips”
Whilst reading the Telegraph you have to admire the wit of cartoonist Matt
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