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Fines: Surcharges

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what value of victim surcharge monies has been (a) imposed and (b) collected since the introduction of the victim surcharge in criminal courts in the Greater London area; to which victims' organisations the money collected has been disbursed; how much has been disbursed to each organisation; and if he will make a statement. (201166)

Receipts from the surcharge are appropriated in aid as part of the Ministry of Justice Estimates; allocations are made to recipient organisations or other departments as appropriate. Some recipient organisations based in London provide a national service while others provide a national help-line. Full details of how the surcharge revenue was being used nationally were given in my answer to the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 96W.

In the period April 2007 to March 2008 courts in the London region collected £549,048 in victims surcharge receipts. However, under current IT systems it is not possible to extract and collate centrally information on the value of surcharge impositions entered into local court case management and accounting systems.

Recipient organisations with a Greater London area only remit, and the indicative grant, included the following:


Greenwich Action Committee Against Racist Attacks


Hounslow Community Safety Partnership


Victim Support London






Step Forward




A further £200,000 was allocated to the London Domestic Violence Coordinating Group for assignment to independent domestic violence adviser (IDVA) services supporting existing specialist domestic violence court (SDVC) areas and services considering the development of SDVCs. Funding of £20,000 was assigned to each of the following boroughs:

Brent SDVC: Victim Support Brent

Croydon SDVC: Croydon Women's Aid, Family Justice Centre

West London SDVC, Advance, covering Hammersmith and Fulham and

Women's Trust IDVA Service, covering Kensington and Chelsea

Barking and Dagenham: Community Safety and Prevention Services Division

Barnet DV Support Service

Greenwich Women's Trust/DV Advocacy Service

Harrow Hestia Women's Aid

Hillingdon Community Safety

Islington Community Safety

A proportion of the allocations is also passed to the Crown Prosecution Service towards the cost of maintaining victim and witness services through the joint Police/CPS witness care units. It is not possible to say what proportion of this is spent in the Greater London area because this designation does not correspond to the boundaries of CPS operational areas.