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This evening, ministers announced that passport prices are set to increase.
From April, prices of child passports will increase by 27 percent to £58.50, and postal applications for adult passports are to be increased by 17 percent to £85.
Prices of online passport application are set to be considerably lower, increasing by £3 to £49 and £75.50 for those who are under 16 years old and adults, respectively.
The changes in prices are “unrelated” to the plans of the government to change the colour of the passport of Britain in 2019, which ministers stated would be delivered “at no additional cost.”
The said proposals are subject to the approval of the parliament.
The Home Office said that the hikes in prices are a “part of its push to increase the use of online services and its ambition to create a self-sustainable immigration and borders system.”
The increases in the prices are said to reduce the burden on the taxpayers, “millions of whom do not currently hold passports.”
The said changes are part of the plans by the Home Office to invest £100m on infrastructure and border security by 2019.
“These proposals will ensure that those people who don’t travel abroad are not footing the bill for those who do,” stated Caroline Noakes, the immigration minister.
Last September, it was reported that a German and French company had been shortlisted to produce the new passport, alongside De La Rue, the British banknote printer.
The chairman of the parliamentary flags and heraldry committee, Andrew Rosindell, informed the Sunday Times that the new passport should be “manufactured in Britain in a British factory employing British people”.
It was said by the Home Office that it would announce the winner of the contract by spring.