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Government to fast-track passport renewals to save people’s holidays
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Government to fast-track passport renewals to save people’s holidays

    The government has pledged to fast-track passport applications to save the holidays of potentially millions of Britons this summer. Renewals will be guaranteed within within five working days but only if travellers can prove they applied a month ago and need to go abroad within the next fortnight. Two million passports are believed to have expired during lockdown and there are waits of 10 weeks or more for renewals. Earlier Boris Johnson announced he wanted to tackle backlog Britain and to encourage people to stop thinking of coronavirus as something that makes it impossible to do things. At the start of lockdown, passport offices were reduced to a skeleton service prioritising urgent and compassionate cases. The Home Office said more than 6,500 passports have bee...