Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, used the most recent session of parliamentary questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, to praise the Government’s move to ensure that victims receive compensation from offenders for certain crimes.
Under the Labour Government, offenders could opt to extend their prison sentence rather than pay the charge, which is intended to help victims rebuild their lives.
As registered in the official record of the House of Commons, the exchange went as follows:
“Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor: The Berkshire women’s refuge serves my constituency incredibly well. We all abhor domestic violence, particularly towards women, so does my right hon. Friend, like me, welcome the victim surcharge, which ensures that those who commit these acts contribute to making reparations?
Nicky Morgan (The Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women and Equalities): I absolutely welcome the victim surcharge, which results in important payments being made. I am sure that [Adam Afriyie] will also want to welcome the announcement by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government just before Christmas of an extra £10 million to secure refuge accommodation for the next two years.”
Commenting afterwards, Mr Afriyie said:
“We must all welcome the Government’s steps to ensure that victims of domestic violence get some form of compensation paid for by the perpetrators of these crimes
“This Conservative-led Government has taken important steps to protect vulnerable people in society and help them to move on with their lives.