National introduced a riveting new initiative yesterday – a compensation scheme for victims. The way it works is that every criminal pays $50 to the victim of his or her crime. National claims this will generate $5 million of revenue.
All I can see is that each victim will get $50, less the cost of administration, less the average number of offenders that don’t pay the levy…leaving the victim in the vicinity of $12.84.
Will the victim be taxed on that amount?
“Victims of crime have been neglected for too long,” Mr Key said. “It’s time we gave them the support they deserve. A National Government will re-empower victims of crime.”
How is giving victims $50 empowering them?
How is making the offender pay $50 punishing them?
Mr Key says the levy (fine) “would help victims with one-off expenses not covered by ACC or other state help, such as travel to court and additional counselling”