What is the victim surcharge?

The Victim Surcharge was first introduced in April 2007 and changes were introduced on 1 October 2012, 1 September 2014 and then again on 8 April 2016.

When a court passes a sentence it must also order that the relevant surcharge is paid.  The amount of the surcharge depends on the sentence (see the table below) and whether at the time the offence was committed the offender was an adult or a youth (under 18 years of age), or if the offender is an organisation.

Revenue raised from the Victim Surcharge is used to fund victim services through the Victim and Witness General Fund – full list of the groups supported.

The tables below summarise the amounts a court must order an offender to pay when it passes sentence in respect of an offence committed on or after 1 October 2012.

  Victim Surcharge
Offender aged 18 or over at date of offence One or more offences committed before 8 April 2016                   All offence(s) committed                   on or after 8 April 2016
A conditional discharge  £15  £20
A fine  10% of the fine value with a £20 minimum and a £120 maximum (surcharge should be rounded up or down to the nearest pound)  10% of the fine value with a £30 minimum and a £170 maximum (surcharge should be rounded up or down to the nearest pound)
A community sentence  £60  £85
An immediate custodial sentence* 6 months and below – £80 Over 6 months and up to and including 2 years – £100 Over 2 years – £120 (only in Crown Court) 6 months and below – £115 Over 6 months and up to and including 2 years – £140 Over 2 years – £170 (only in Crown Court)
A suspended sentence 6 months and below – £80 Over 6 months – £100 6 months and below – £115 Over 6 months – £140

 

  Victim Surcharge
Organisation One or more offences committed before 8 April 2016                   All offence(s) committed                   on or after 8 April 2016
A conditional discharge £15 £20
A fine 10% of the fine value with a £20 minimum and a £120 maximum (surcharge should be rounded up or down to the nearest pound) 10% of the fine value with a £30 minimum and a £170 maximum (surcharge should be rounded up or down to the nearest pound)

 

  Victim Surcharge
Offender aged under 18 at date of offence One or more offences committed before 8 April 2016 All offence(s) committed on or after 8 April 2016
A conditional discharge £10 £15
A fine, a Youth Rehabilitation Order or Referral Order £15 £20
A custodial sentence (all lengths)* £20 £30

  *When sentencing in magistrates’ courts to immediate custody for a single offence committed before 1 September 2014 or more than one offence at least one of which was committed before 1 September 2014, no surcharge is payable.