Cash from criminals to help support victims
CRIMINALS across Scotland will be required to contribute to the cost of supporting victims.
A new financial penalty will be imposed on all offenders who are sentenced to pay a court fine, with the money going to the Victim Surcharge Fund.
The charge applies to crimes committed from today, and payments from the fund will begin being made in six to 12 months’ time.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Experiencing crime can be an isolating and frightening experience and we are committed to improving the experiences of victims.
“It’s only right that criminals should pay towards helping victims.”