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Fines: Surcharges

Justice written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of (a) the effect of inflation on and (b) the costs of collection of the new victim surcharge penalty.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

At the moment the surcharge can be ordered only on fines. We allowed for the effects of inflation when increasing the minimum level of surcharge on fines from £15 to £20. The surcharge to be imposed for the first time on other in-court disposals has been set according to the seriousness of the sentence.

The costs of enforcing the surcharge will depend on the scale of non-compliance. They will be met from existing budgets.

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