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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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Union: Cuts are causing the passports 'crisis'

A union at the heart of a row over passport service staffing levels has suggested strikes may take place if the government does not review its "job cuts programme" - a move which could prompt further delays.

Paul O'Connor from the Public and Commercial Services Union said "all our industrial options" would be considered if discussions with the government did not come to a satisfactory conclusion to ease the current "crisis".

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