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Attachment of earnings and benefits

Once a liability order has been issued by the magistrates, we can collect unpaid Council Tax by serving an order on your employer or the Department for Work and Pensions. This means that they have to send some of the money they usually pay you to the council.

Attachment of earnings

Your employer will take a percentage of your net earnings and send it to the council. The tables show these percentages, which are set by the government.

If you are paid monthly

If you are paid monthly
Net earningsDeduction rate %
Under £300 0%
Over £300 but less than £550 3%
Over £550 but less than £740 5%
Over £740 but less than £900 7%
Over £900 but less than £1,420 12%
Over £1,420 but less than £2,020 17%
Over £2,020 17% of the first £2,020 and 50% of the remainder

If you are paid weekly

If you are paid weekly
Net earningsDeduction rate %
Under £75 0%
Over £75 but less than £135 3%
Over £135 but less than £185 5%
Over £185 but less than £225 7%
Over £225 but less than £355 12%
Over £355 but under £505 17%
Over £505 17% of the first £505 and 50% of the remainder

 

Your employer can also take an extra £1 each time towards the administrative costs of doing this.

The deductions continue until the amount on the liability order is paid.

If you change jobs or stop working you must tell us within 14 days.

Attachment of benefits

We ask the Department for Work and Pensions to send part of your Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance directly to us.

The amount deducted is £3.40 a week for Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance.

For Employment and Support Allowance the amount to be deducted will be:

  • Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (unless there would otherwise be an entitlement to income-based Employment and Support Allowance) is one third of your allowance.
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance is 5% of your allowance.

Deductions continue until the amount on the liability order is fully paid, or until your benefit stops for any reason.

It is not possible to make direct deductions from any other kind of benefit.

Contact Council Tax

Email: council.tax@dover.gov.uk

Phone: 01304 872199

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