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What happens if you don’t pay?

Last updated on: 16-Oct-2020

5. Attachment to benefits and earnings

Attachment to Certain Benefits

If you are getting one of the following benefits we can request for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to make deductions directly from your benefit.

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Income Support
  • Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit

Attachment to Earnings

We can issue an order to your employer for money to be deducted directly from your earnings. The amount is a percentage amount of your net earnings. This is set by Central Government. Here are the tables for weekly and monthly earnings:

Net Weekly Earnings Weekly Deductions Deduction Rate
Not exceeding £75 Nil 0%
Exceeding £75 but not exceeding £135 £2.25 to £4.05 3%
Exceeding £135 but not exceeding £185 £6.75 to £9.25 5%
Exceeding £185 but not exceeding £225 £12.95 to £15.75 7%
Exceeding £225 but not exceeding £355 £27.00 to £42.60 12%
Exceeding £355 but not 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
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

In addition to the percentage deduction your employer can also deduct £1 for admin.

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