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Victim Surcharge Fund takes over six years to arrive

September 12, 2019 6:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has welcomed regulations laid in Parliament today which announce that the Victim Surcharge will apply to crimes committed on or after 25 November 2019 but criticised the fact that it will be six years since Parliament approved legislation by the time any payments from the fund are made.

Liam McArthur said:

"This fund was a flagship feature of the Victims and Witnesses Act but it has taken six years to come into effect.

"Victims of crime have missed out on millions of pounds of criminals' cash as a result of the SNP's dithering. They include people who ministers said have nowhere else to turn.

"The SNP said they could set up an independent country in 18 months. They couldn't even set up a system to deliver the Victim Surcharge without it taking six years."