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The New Victims Surcharges System

From today, Monday 1 October, the Courts introduce a new complicated system of Victim Surcharges. Until now, only people who were dealt with by way of financial penalty had to pay the surcharge.  However, from now on it will apply to anybody convicted of a criminal offence.  This comes hot on the heels of my recent blog about recovering defence costs and appears to be another stealth tax which will also target vulnerable youths for the first time.