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13 July 2012 09:20
Standard adult passports will cost £5 less from the autumn
British holidaymakers received a small financial boost after it was announced the cost of a standard adult passport will be reduced by £5 later this year.
The Home Office revealed the cost of a standard passport will be slashed from £77.50 to £72.50 from the autumn, after making overall savings of £40 million in the past financial year.
The reductions come on the back of several 'efficiency measures' which will see the fee remain at the lower rate for a minimum of two years.
Among the measures was the closure of 22 interview offices and one application processing centre.
Immigration Minister Damian Green praised the work of the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) in reducing costs during harsh financial times.
"The 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," said Mr Green.
"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."
A passport is an absolutely essential element of any holiday abroad, but tourists are also urged to make sure they have
travel insurance in the event they lose the important document or any other belongings.
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