As of 8 April 2016, the criminal charge or “victim surcharge” as it is more commonly referred to will increase. Originally introduced on 1 April 2007, it takes precedence over fines and compensation.
When a court passes a sentence, it must also order that a victim surcharge is paid. The amount depends on the sentence and whether the offender was an adult or a youth (under 18 years of age), or if the offender is an organisation. The money raised is used to fund victim services through the Victim and Witness General Fund.
Since 1 June 2015, if an offender’s resources are insufficient to pay both the surcharge and any compensation order, the surcharge order takes priority.
The following link gives details of the increases in sums for sentences ranging from conditional discharge to suspended sentences for both those over 18 years of age and those under the age of 18: https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/about-sentencing/types-of-sentence/other-orders-made-on-sentencing/what-is-the-victim-surcharge/