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Home Office announces plans to increase passport fees from April 11





A new British passport is set to become more expensive from April after the Government announced plans to increase the application fees by 7.3%.

Raising prices for new or replacement documents, say border officials, will help the Home Office move towards a system that meets its costs through those who use it, as it attempts to scale back the Passport Office’s reliance on funding from general taxation.

The Government insists it makes no profit from the cost of applications.

The Home Office says the government makes no profit from passport applications. Image: iStock.
The Home Office says the government makes no profit from passport applications. Image: iStock.

The cost of online applications made in the UK for people aged 16 and over will rise £6 from £82.50 to £88.50 under the proposals while passports for children under 16 will cost £57.50, up £4 (7.5%) from £53.50. A standard postal application will increase to £100 for adults and £69 for children alongside price hikes for those applying from overseas.

The changes, which are subject to parliamentary approval, are due to come into force from April 11. Passport fees last rose in February last year.

The Home Office said in a statement: “The new fees will help ensure that income from these applications better meets the cost of delivering passport and associated operations, reducing reliance on funding from general taxation.

People renewing their passport have just weeks left to do so at current prices. Image: iStock.
People renewing their passport have just weeks left to do so at current prices. Image: iStock.

“The Government does not make any profit from the cost of passport applications. The fees contribute to the cost of processing passport applications, consular support overseas including for lost or stolen passports, and the cost of processing British citizens at UK borders.

“The increase will also help enable the Government to continue improving its services.”



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