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East Lancs MPs rally on passport fear

Chorley Citizen: East Lancs MPs rally on passport fear East Lancs MPs rally on passport fear

HOLIDAYMAKERS have been going to their MPs in panic after apparent delays with their passport applications.

The politicians said staff in their offices had been working overtime to make sure travellers could get their documents before their departure dates.

Graham Jones, who represents Hyndburn and Haslingden, said he had seen four desperate cases so far this summer, when usually there would not be any at all.

He said: “Because of the inefficiencies at the passport office and the cuts they are dealing with, they have created a huge backlog. The passport office is in chaos.

“It is a significant problem.”

“My office staff have been working overtime and miraculously managing to get people passports just hours before they are due to fly.”

Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle, said he had also had received requests for help from constituents.

He said: “There are some particular issues this summer.

“There was a family from Fence who will fortunately be on holiday now and there was another case in Colne.

“We have been able to resolve them so far, but it is an issue and it is affecting people.”

Burnley’s MP Gordon Birtwistle said he had also been asked for help from three people struggling with delays in recent months.

The politicians said they intended to raise the problem in the House of Commons last night.

Paul Pugh, chief executive of Her Majesty’s Passport Office, said the department had been experiencing ‘exceptional’ early summer demand for passports which he put down to in part the improving economy and a rise in holiday bookings.

He said: “Staff were brought in immediately to respond to the extra demand. We are operating seven days a week and our couriers are delivering passports within 24 hours of being produced.

“We would remind people of our existing advice to customers: Allow plenty of time when applying for a new or renewed passport as a passport will not be issued until the necessary security checks have been done, and do not book travel until you have received your passport.”

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11:56am Wed 11 Jun 14

Fire Fly says...

Yes its a shambles but the very people in fear of missing their holidays are the ones who left it too late to apply. Everyone knows it takes forever if you apply in spring/summer. Granted it shouldn't be like that but it is.

A man spoke to GMTV news this morning, his 10 year old daughters passport hasn't been received - he sent it 3 weeks ago & they are due to fly in a weeks time. He pointed out the terrible stress that's been put upon the family.

Shocked isn't adequate enough to cover my reaction to what he said when asked how his daughter was coping with this...he said 'she's devastated because she will miss the family holiday if hers doesn't arrive in time'.

I doubt this poor 10 year old is devasted because of the lack of a passport, more that her parents are prepared to leave her behind.
Yes its a shambles but the very people in fear of missing their holidays are the ones who left it too late to apply. Everyone knows it takes forever if you apply in spring/summer. Granted it shouldn't be like that but it is. A man spoke to GMTV news this morning, his 10 year old daughters passport hasn't been received - he sent it 3 weeks ago & they are due to fly in a weeks time. He pointed out the terrible stress that's been put upon the family. Shocked isn't adequate enough to cover my reaction to what he said when asked how his daughter was coping with this...he said 'she's devastated because she will miss the family holiday if hers doesn't arrive in time'. I doubt this poor 10 year old is devasted because of the lack of a passport, more that her parents are prepared to leave her behind. Fire Fly
  • Score: 14

12:04pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Openminded? says...

Fire Fly wrote:
Yes its a shambles but the very people in fear of missing their holidays are the ones who left it too late to apply. Everyone knows it takes forever if you apply in spring/summer. Granted it shouldn't be like that but it is.

A man spoke to GMTV news this morning, his 10 year old daughters passport hasn't been received - he sent it 3 weeks ago & they are due to fly in a weeks time. He pointed out the terrible stress that's been put upon the family.

Shocked isn't adequate enough to cover my reaction to what he said when asked how his daughter was coping with this...he said 'she's devastated because she will miss the family holiday if hers doesn't arrive in time'.

I doubt this poor 10 year old is devasted because of the lack of a passport, more that her parents are prepared to leave her behind.
Agreed, majority of people plan holidays months in advance, passport should be on the top of they mind !
[quote][p][bold]Fire Fly[/bold] wrote: Yes its a shambles but the very people in fear of missing their holidays are the ones who left it too late to apply. Everyone knows it takes forever if you apply in spring/summer. Granted it shouldn't be like that but it is. A man spoke to GMTV news this morning, his 10 year old daughters passport hasn't been received - he sent it 3 weeks ago & they are due to fly in a weeks time. He pointed out the terrible stress that's been put upon the family. Shocked isn't adequate enough to cover my reaction to what he said when asked how his daughter was coping with this...he said 'she's devastated because she will miss the family holiday if hers doesn't arrive in time'. I doubt this poor 10 year old is devasted because of the lack of a passport, more that her parents are prepared to leave her behind.[/p][/quote]Agreed, majority of people plan holidays months in advance, passport should be on the top of they mind ! Openminded?
  • Score: 9

12:22pm Wed 11 Jun 14

romila says...

Surely the need for a passport should be taken care of months before you are due to fly. I renewed 2 paasports in January that took an average of 7 days each using the check and send service. I also applied for a childs first passport in March which only took 14 days again utilising check and send services. Neither of these passport are required until July and no undue stress or pressure as a result of planning ahead.
Surely the need for a passport should be taken care of months before you are due to fly. I renewed 2 paasports in January that took an average of 7 days each using the check and send service. I also applied for a childs first passport in March which only took 14 days again utilising check and send services. Neither of these passport are required until July and no undue stress or pressure as a result of planning ahead. romila
  • Score: 7

12:22pm Wed 11 Jun 14

woolywords says...

One person, in a photograph, holding a birth certificate that states, isn't proof of ID... Hardly rocket science, is it?
Can you imagine these dullards dealing with the likes of those in Genesis 5 and 11?
One person, in a photograph, holding a birth certificate that states, isn't proof of ID... Hardly rocket science, is it? Can you imagine these dullards dealing with the likes of those in Genesis 5 and 11? woolywords
  • Score: 4

12:55pm Wed 11 Jun 14

wilddog says...

If they leave it to a month or 2 before they go, then they deserve all the hassle that goes with it! No sympathy for people who are last minute.com and then moan abut it!
If they leave it to a month or 2 before they go, then they deserve all the hassle that goes with it! No sympathy for people who are last minute.com and then moan abut it! wilddog
  • Score: 6

10:54pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

Surge in passport applications in the months before the summer holidays. Government caught out by this.

Health warning to government ministers. Tomorrow morning the sun will rise. Don't worry about this. You might be taken by surprise but the rest of us have worked out that it happens every day.
Surge in passport applications in the months before the summer holidays. Government caught out by this. Health warning to government ministers. Tomorrow morning the sun will rise. Don't worry about this. You might be taken by surprise but the rest of us have worked out that it happens every day. Excluded again
  • Score: 3

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