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Warning Issued To Brits Who Apply For A New Passport On A Monday

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Warning Issued To Brits Who Apply For A New Passport On A Monday

A warning has been issued to Brits who apply for a new passport on a Monday.

The deadline for 10-week passport renewals for anyone wanting to go abroad passed on 9 May, with The Mirror reporting lengthy delays in passport services because of increased demand.

Passport Office figures suggest that nearly 7 percent of the UK’s total population will own passports that are due to expire before 18 July.

Many have now turned to Fast Track services with the hopes of getting their passports back in time for the hols.

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'Expert' Dr Hodge has launched the Twitter account UK Passport Check, which supposedly shows the exact days that Fast Track appointments get announced, as there are a limit on appointments.

His research suggested that the busiest days for applications were found to be Mondays, as reported by The Sun.

He claims that appointments are released at random, and that many could be out of luck if applying on Monday.

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Dr Hodge has also shared his top tips for trying to get a Fast Track appointment.

Firstly, refresh the website even if the site says that the system is busy.

Secondly, have a digital photograph ready prior to the application.

Not the most worldly pieces of advice, but still advice nonetheless.

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Well, due to the increase in delays for both passports and driving licences, Labour has come out and said that 'people cannot start new jobs' until the issue is resolved.

Shadow Commons Leader Thangam Debbonaire said she had been told people 'couldn’t take up jobs because they can’t get ID' during a recent visit to her local job centre.

The government admitted there had been 'a number of challenges' at both the DVLA and the Passport Office, where customers have been experiencing long delays to renew their documents.

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Speaking in the Commons, Debbonaire told MPs: “Members across the House are still experiencing unacceptable Home Office delays. Our constituents cannot get a driving licence or a passport.

“And when I visited our local job centre last week, I was told people couldn’t take up jobs because they can’t get ID.

“Now, yesterday, the minister for the Home Office couldn’t say if proposed cuts would affect numbers of Home Office civil servants. 

“The Leader will surely have seen the long slow queues in Portcullis House for the Ukraine drop-in hub, which is now also the passport drop-in hub.”

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Topics: Travel, UK News

Anish Vij
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