Passport costs fall amid staff cuts
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Overall savings of £40 million in the last financial year mean the cost of a standard passport can be cut from £77.50 to £72.50 from the autumn, Immigration Minister Damian Green said.
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These include the closure of 22 interview offices and one application processing centre, reducing staff numbers by 315 (9%) and working with suppliers to reduce costs, a Home Office spokesman said.
Mr Green said: "The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) has worked hard to provide value for money in the vital service it provides, and it is right that these savings are passed on to customers and fee-payers.
"Not only has IPS made the efficiency savings to make this possible, but it has done so whilst continuing to provide a very high standard of service to customers.
"The fact that IPS is able to deliver this price reduction is testament to the hard work of staff to deliver excellent customer service in ever more efficient ways."
Sarah Rapson, chief executive of the IPS, said: "I am proud of the way that IPS has risen to the challenge of providing even more value for money in these tough times."
Some 5.4 million passports were produced in the last financial year, with more than 99% of renewal applications in the UK processed within two weeks, Home Office figures showed.
The cost of a child's standard passport will also be cut, down £3 from £49 to £46, and the cost of an adult's fast-track passport, which can be processed in seven days, will fall £9.50 from £112.50 to £103.
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