Attachment of earnings guidance

What is an attachment of earnings order?

Someone who works for you has Council Tax arrears, and a Magistrates Court has ordered that deductions can be made from their earnings to pay this debt.

The amount of the deduction depends on how much your employee earns, and is a percentage of their net earnings. They also depend on whether if you are already making deductions from your employee's wags for other debts. Full details can be found in the factsheet at the bottom of this page.

If your employee has an enquiry about the attachment being applied please ask them to contact Bury Council. You do not have any discretion to refuse to pay deductions at the request of your employee. They will have been sent copies of the documents you have received.

If you willingly refuse to enforce an order, we can summons you to court and you could receive a fine.

What you need to do:

  • return the slip on the order we have sent you to confirm that you are in a position to make payments, using the prepaid envelope provided
  • work out what the deductions will be, using the factsheet at the bottom of this page
  • start making the deductions as soon as possible after receiving the order
  • make the payments to us by the 18th day of the month following when you paid your employee - please see the order or the factsheet for payment methods
  • tell the employee that the deductions are being made - we will have already written to them to let them know this will be happening

Contact us to let us know if:

  • the person is not employed by you, or stops being employed by you
  • you are unable to make payments because you are already making deductions for two other attachment of earnings orders

We will let you know:

  • if the amount your employee owes changes, possibly because they have made additional payments direct to us
  • if your employee has made an arrangement with us to reduce their payments due to financial hardship


The attachment of earnings order quotes various regulations under which the order is made. A full set of these regulations can be found on the web site. 

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