MP for Erith and Thamesmead wants Government to refund holidaymakers

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 June 2014

Picture: PA/John Stilwell

Picture: PA/John Stilwell

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An MP has voted for a motion calling on the Government to reimburse people who had to pay to get their passport applications upgraded through no fault of their own.

A number of people from across Erith and Thamesmead were made to pay £55 for their passport applications to be fast tracked after the crisis in the passport office and Teresa Pearce MP wants them to be compensated.

Ms Pearce said: “Over the last few weeks a number of constituents have got in touch to tell me of the stress they’ve been having with their passports, and the extra money they’ve had to pay to get it sorted. I think it’s about time Ministers apologised for this mess and refund the upgrade fees people have had to pay just to get their passports on time.

“A holiday is a luxury for most people, and it is not fair that those who have worked hard in order to be able to enjoy time away should have to suffer this stress when they have done everything right.”

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