Husband due to miss anniversary trip after waiting seven weeks for passport

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A Welsh man seems to be set to overlook his long-awaited thirty fifth marriage ceremony anniversary journey to Turkey after his passport failed to come back again in time.

Mark Davies, from Swansea, booked the celebration journey to Turkey for subsequent Monday with spouse Gillian – however earlier than setting off, each needed to renew their passports.

The couple despatched off their commonplace passport functions in March. Whereas Mrs Davies’s journey doc arrived inside 4 weeks, Mr Davies remains to be awaiting his greater than seven weeks later, with a powerful probability he’ll miss out on Monday’s vacation.

Mrs Davies advised WalesOnline: “It has been so hectic. We each despatched off functions on 24 March. Mine got here again fairly shortly, however Mark’s has by no means appeared.

“After I phoned I used to be advised that the functions had been despatched to completely different workplaces. Then I used to be advised that his was being processed, however after I phoned again once more was advised it was nonetheless being examined.

“I appeared to get a special reply each time I referred to as.”

The couple grew to become so pissed off that on Wednesday they went right down to the Newport Passport Workplace to attempt to chase up the applying in individual.

Whereas employees on the native passport workplace mentioned all the things could be accomplished to assist them retrieve the journey doc in time, it nonetheless has not appeared.

“It has been very hectic. We’re going with all our household to have fun our thirty fifth marriage ceremony anniversary,” says Mrs Davies.

“I used to be so anxious that we went to Newport to talk to somebody in individual, and so they had been very useful.”

The UK’s Passport Workplace often processes new grownup passports inside round 5 weeks – however in April, the House Workplace suggested that holidaymakers ought to depart 10 weeks amid a surge in functions.

House Workplace minister Kevin Foster mentioned on the time that 1,000,000 passport functions had been being obtained in only one month. “To place that into context, we often cope with seven million in an entire yr,” he advised MPs.

Mark and Gillian Davies have enlisted the assistance of their very own MP, Carolyn Harris, who has arrange a “passport surgical procedure” to deal with the variety of constituent enquiries about passport ready instances.

Ms Harris, the MP for Swansea East, says: “I’m upset that my constituents are going through the stress and fear of delayed passport functions particularly with the vacation season virtually upon us. The federal government must get its act collectively and correctly employees the HM Passport workplace to permit a seamless and quick software course of.

“The previous couple of years have been troublesome for everybody, and my constituents shouldn’t be prevented from taking a break overseas, or lacking out on weddings or funerals, or job alternatives due to the federal government’s ineptitude.”

On Thursday junior House Workplace minister Tom Pursglove confronted a slew of MP questions in regards to the delays to passport functions.

Mr Pursglove additionally revealed that one in each 70 passport functions has presently been within the system for longer than the 10-week goal for processing. That represents some 14,000 out of round a million functions every month.

Of the latest passport delays, a HM Passport Workplace spokesperson advised The Unbiased: “Since April 2021, we’ve clearly said that individuals ought to enable as much as 10 weeks when making use of for his or her passport to issue within the elevated demand, which has seen 5 folks million folks delay their passport software because of the pandemic.

“The overwhelming majority of functions are accomplished inside 10 weeks, with the most recent figures displaying 9 per cent had been accomplished inside 6 weeks. However we can’t compromise safety checks and other people ought to apply with loads of time previous to travelling.”

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