Date lodged: 14 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has considered using alternative providers for the victim surcharge fund and, if so, which.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 28 November 2017
Following detailed consideration, it is our intention that the Scottish Government will operate the Victim Surcharge Fund (VSF).
Under this model, Victim Support Organisations (VSOs) will be invited to apply to the Scottish Government for an award from the VSF, which they can then use to provide immediate and practical support to victims and their relatives in the aftermath of crime.
Scottish Ministers operating the VSF directly will ensure that VSOs can continue to focus on supporting victims, rather than diverting resources and expertise to the operation and management of the Fund.