November 19th, 2008

What a great idea

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

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 £42 to £72 in 2005. The bil for the interviews has been some £96million & the monthly running costs are £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.

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  1. john says:

    I had my interview earlier this year.
    All the gals looked very strict in their dark blue blouses and black skirts. All the guys looked very…… ……. in their lavender shirts …… Home office ?
    Couldn’t answer most of the questions….including the birthdates of my children….
    Still got the passport.

    November 20th, 2008 at 01:29

  2. Joe says:

    There is an answer if you have an Irish parent or grand parent; get an Irish passport. They are a fair bit cheaper, the form you complete is a lot shorter and once issued you are immediately endowede with that famous Irish wit,charm and ability with words!

    November 20th, 2008 at 14:35

  3. Mosh says:

    I had to renew mine earlier this year as I’d filled all the pages. In Canada (and I believe the US) you can get a one-time bundle of extra pages stapled in for a very low fee. Not so us. New passport. Cost me over £100 as I had to get the 48-page one on same-day service. And I needed new photos (another £6) as the ones I had weren’t good enough for the new biometric photoscanner readery whojamawotsit.

    All my family are Brits going right back, though my dad’s mum was born in India. Don’t think I’d be able to get an Indian passport, though! Having said that, it’d get me into the museums and Taj Mahal at “locals” rate.

    November 20th, 2008 at 16:18

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