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Offender levy generates $25 million

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/04/2017

The $50 offender levy that's been imposed on sentenced offenders since 2010 has generated more than $25 million - money that has been used to help victims of crime.

It has funded grants for homicide and sexual violence victims to help with funeral expenses, lost income and counselling, as well as grants for victims who needed to travel to court, restorative justice or parole hearings.

"The levy is a way to help ease the financial and emotional burden that falls on victims of crime and ensures that offenders contribute to addressing the harm their crimes have caused," Justice Minister Amy Adams said on Monday.

During the 2015/16 financial year the levy collected $3.2m and this year it's tracking towards $3m.

"Although it's pleasing to see that the levy has been able to support thousands of victims, it's even more pleasing to see that the funds collected are reducing as a result of a drop in crime," Ms Adams said.

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