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Fines: Surcharges

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much was collected in victim surcharges in each court service region in 2008-09; and how such receipts have been distributed. (269505)

The victims surcharge has been levied on fines at a rate of £15 since April 2007. The table shows the victims surcharge receipts for April 2008 to January 2009 aligned as closely as possible to court service regions. Data covering receipts for February and March 2009 are not yet available.

Victims surcharge receipts 1 April 2008 to 31 January 2009

Region

£

London

913,796

Midlands

1,243,967

North East

1,013,180

North West

1,002,823

South East

1,307,438

South West

718,931

Wales

429,462

Total

6,629,597

The Ministry of Justice included the receipts collected from the victims surcharge as an appropriation in aid. in its estimates for 2008-09. The funding contributed to direct services for victims and witnesses; the roll-out of independent domestic violence advisers; witness care units; enhanced services under Victim Support Plus; and the Victims Fund which provides grants to organisations supporting victims of sexual crimes, hate crime and homicide.