Some passport interviews suspended amid backlog

Interviews for first-time applicants for passports have been suspended in London as staff struggle to deal with the 30,000 backlog of applications, the Home Office has said.

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Home Secretary: Passport Office working longer hours

The Passport Office has been increasing numbers of staff and working "longer hours, more days of the week" to tackle a substantial increase in applications, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

Speaking to reporters, Ms May announced that more staff and resources will be assigned to the service to deal with current backlogs.

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