Income from the Victim Surcharge contributes to the Ministry of Justices’ Victim and Witness Budget (“the Budget”). This budget is used to fund Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) who commission local support services for victims, and nationally commissioned support services including the National Homicide Service, Rape Support Centres, and the Court Based Witness Service. Income from the Victim Surcharge is forecast into the Budget at the beginning of each financial year. However, actual income raised from the Surcharge will fluctuate each year (depending on the amount imposed and collection rates). Should revenue raised from the Surcharge go above the forecast amount, the excess is put towards compensating victims through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
Overall amounts are set out in the table below:
Victim Surcharge (VS) Collected *
VS contribution to the Victim and Witness Budget*
Overall Victim and Witness Budget*
*The amounts listed in the table have been rounded to the nearest £10m.