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S5W-17371: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 20 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government when the Victim Surcharge Fund will (a) become operational and (b) issue its first payment; what progress it is making with establishing the fund; what the reasons have been for any delay in its establishment, and when it will set out the details of how the fund will operate.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 17 July 2018

Establishment of the Victim Surcharge Fund (VSF) has taken longer than anticipated as we’ve undertaken detailed consideration and consultation with partners on the most effective mechanisms to operate and manage the VSF.

Our intention is to announce further details on the VSF, following the summer Parliamentary recess.

In the meantime, we are providing £17.9 million in 2018-19, to third sector organisations whose work supports victims of crime. This includes over £4.6 million to Victim Support Scotland, who continue to operate a Victims Fund to provide immediate and practical support to victims and their relatives in the aftermath of crime.