Immigration Minister Damian Green has announced that the price of a standard UK passport will be reduced by £5 from this autumn.
From 3rd September 2012, the standard adult passport fee will be reduced by almost seven per cent from £77.50 to £72.50.
The reduction has been delivered after a restructuring programme within the Identity and Passport Service, which has delivered savings of £40million in the last financial year. The standard adult passport fee will remain at £72.50 for at least the next two years.
“The Identity and Passport Service (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,” Mr. Green said. “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. The fact that IPS is able to deliver this price reduction is testament to the hard work of staff to deliver excellent customer service in ever more efficient ways.”
IPS Chief Executive Sarah Rapson said: “The UK passport remains one of the most trusted and secure documents of its kind in the world. I am very pleased that we are able to provide it in ever more efficient ways, whilst maintaining our high standard of service and rigorous security checks.”