Costs Rocket for Passport Office Project

I recently renewed my UK passport. It costs £77.50 for a ‘normal’ passport with higher fees for fast track or premium service.

I did wonder why the cost was so high – the explanation; the headline ‘passport agency costs rocket’ explains all!

The costs were supposed to be between £80m to £100m however the new bill looks likely to hit £365m. One of the reasons according to Damien Green is the increase in demand for passports!! Oh dear, increase in demand; where is the estimating, the forecasting skill? Sadly lacking.

This is yet another example of a government IT project that has failed to meet its targets. Who pays us of course!

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