I love the way the government spend waste my money.
They decided that in order to stamp out passport fraud, the answer would be to arrange for people applying for a passport to have face-to-face interviews. 216,581 applicants have attended these sessions up until July 2008.
The cost of introducing the scheme helped to raise the cost of a passport from Ã‚Â£42 to Ã‚Â£72 in 2005. The bil for the interviews has been some Ã‚Â£96million & the monthly running costs are Ã‚Â£2.5million, so that makes about 115million of our lovely English pounds.
Fortunately, this has all been money well spent; not a single case of fraudulent applications has been uncovered as a result of applicants having an interview and none of the 216,000 people had their applications rejected.
It makes you proud to be a tax-payer.