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Victim Surcharge Fund 12/09/2019 The Scottish Government has confirmed that from November a new financial penalty will be imposed on all criminals who are sentenced to pay a court fine

Victim Surcharge Fund

The Scottish Government has confirmed that from November a new financial penalty will be imposed on all criminals who are sentenced to pay a court fine and the money raised will be banked in the Victim Surcharge Fund.

Regulations laid in Parliament, subject to MSPs’ approval, will apply to crimes committed on or after 25th November 2019 and payments from the fund will start to be made six to 12 months later.

Victim support organisations will be able to apply to the fund to cover the costs of providing short-term and practical support such as new windows and locks for burglary victims or funeral expenses for families of murder victims.

“Experiencing crime can be an isolating and frightening experience and we are committed to improving the experiences of victims in our justice system,” said Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf. “It’s only right that criminals should pay towards helping victims to recover and move on with their lives. The money raised through the surcharge will pay for practical support that will make a real difference to victims and their families.”

More details are available here.
 

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