Attachment of Earnings - Information for customers

Attachment of Earnings - Information for customers

What is an Attachment of Earnings order? 

It is a legal document that is sent to your employer which requires them to take money from your wage to pay your outstanding Council Tax bill. Your employer can also take an extra £1 for each deduction for their administration costs. 

We can send a maximum of 2 orders at any one time and you will be issued with a copy of each order.

Why have I received an Attachment of Earnings order? 

The council can issue an attachment of earnings order if you have not paid your council tax by the date shown on your bill and the Magistrates Court have granted a Liability Order against you. 

When will deductions start? 

We ask your employer to start making deductions as soon as possible. You will need to ask them when this will be if you are unsure. 

How much will be taken from my wage? 

The amount deducted is calculated based on a percentage of your net pay as detailed in the tables below. 

Weekly Pay

Net Weekly Earnings

Weekly Deductions

Deduction Rate

Not exceeding £75

Nil

0%

Exceeding £75 but no exceeding £135

£2.25 to £4.05

3%

Exceeding £135 but no exceeding £185

£6.75 to £9.25

5%

Exceeding £185 but no exceeding £225

£12.95 to £15.75

7%

Exceeding £225 but no exceeding £355

£27.00 to £42.60

12%

Exceeding £355 but no exceeding £505

£60.35 to 85.85

17%

Exceeding £505

Minimum £85.85

17% in respect of the first £505 and 50% of the remainder

 

Monthly Pay
Net monthly earnings

Monthly deductions

Deduction rate

Not exceeding £300

Nil

0%

Exceeding £300 but not exceeding £550

£9.00 to £16.50

3%

Exceeding £550 but not exceeding £740

£27.50 to £37.00

5%

Exceeding £740 but not exceeding £900

£51.80 to £63.00

7%

Exceeding £900 but not exceeding £1,420

£108.00 to £170.40

12%

Exceeding £1,420 but not exceeding £2,020

£241.40 to £343.40

17%

Exceeding £2,020

Minimum £343.40

17% in respect of the first £2,020 and 50% in respect of the remainder

 

Please be aware, if you have 2 attachment of earnings orders set up the amounts deducted will be different. This is because your 2nd deduction is a percentage of your net pay after the 1st deduction has been taken. 

 

Will any overtime be included? 

 

Yes. The deduction is worked out using your net earnings. If you work extra hours and your pay increases, the amount deducted will also increase. 

 

Will deductions be made if I am on sick pay? 

 

Yes. The deduction is worked out using your net earnings. If your earnings reduce, the amount deducted will also reduce. If you know that your earnings are too low to make deductions, please contact us straight away. 

 

Will deductions be made from maternity pay? 

 

Your employer can make deductions from contractual maternity pay, they can not make deductions from statutory maternity pay. 

 

How will I know how much is left to pay? 

 

Your employer will keep a record of how much is left to clear the attachment order and should stop making deductions once the amount is paid in full. You can also view the payments made to your account by viewing your online council tax account MyAccount 

 

Your wage slip should also tell you how much has been taken for the attachment of earnings order, including an extra £1 for each deduction should your employer wish to take an administration cost. 

 

Can I tell my employer not to make deductions? 

 

No. An attachment of earnings order is a legal document. Your employer must make deductions, or they could be prosecuted. 

 

Can I make an alternative arrangement to pay so that my employer does not have to make deductions? 

 

No. Once an order has been sent it will not be stopped unless you pay the outstanding amount in full or the deductions we receive are insufficient. We will not arrange alternative payment with you at this stage. 

 

If you pay the balance in full you must contact us so that we can arrange for the order to be stopped. 

 

What if I change jobs or stop work? 

 

If you change jobs, you must contact us to tell us your new employment details. If you don’t tell us of your new employers details, we can take alternative recovery action which could result in more charges on your account. 

 

Your employer can not make deductions from redundancy payments. 

 

If you are no longer working, you must contact us [hyper link to contact us page] to discuss your situation. You may be entitled to support to help you pay your bill. We will also be able to discuss payment of the outstanding amount and stop any further recovery action. 

 

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