Attachment of Earnings

An Attachment to Earnings order is issued by the council to an employer when a customer has not paid their council tax.

 

The order can only be issued after a liability order has been granted by the Magistrates Court on the outstanding debt. The Attachment to Earnings order is a legal document that obligates the employer takes money direct of a customer’s wages or salary and forwards the money to the council until the outstanding order(s) is paid in full.

 

Employers Duties

  • An Employers obligation is to administer the order in line with the Guidance and Regulations

  • Failure to deduct may result in proceedings against the employer which could result in a fine

  • Pay-overs must be made each time a deduction is made from your employee

  • There can only be a maximum of 2 orders running simultaneously

  • The council must be informed by writing within 14 days if the debtor is not in your employment. If the debtor ceases to be employed by you while there is still a balance on the order you must inform the council in writing within 14 days of the debtor leaving your employment. Failure to do so may render you liable for a fine

  • An employer may deduct £1 per order each time a deduction is taken from an employee’s wages towards administrative costs

Attachments of Earnings are deducted as a percentage of net earnings. The rate is non-negotiable as it is set by Central Government not the Council. 

 

Updated earning thresholds for attachment of earnings orders

From 1 April 2022 all new attachment of earnings orders are subject to updated earning thresholds:

 

 

Any attachment of earnings orders in operation before 1 April 2022 will continue to be taken at the previous rates.

  

Bank Payments

Payments may be made using the Council's Bank:

 

Lloyds Bank (Barry Docks Branch)
140b Holton Road
Barry
Vale of Glamorgan

CF63 4TZ

 

Sort Code: 30-90-52
Account Number: 00006327
Account Name:
Vale of Glamorgan Council General Fund

 

Please ensure that you quote your employee's Council Tax account number.

 

Cheques should be made payable to 'The Vale of Glamorgan Council', and crossed. They should not be addressed to an individual Officer.

 

Please ensure that your Employee's Council Tax Account Number is written on the back of your cheque.