Making deductions for Council Tax payments from salary or benefits

If a Court Order (liability order) has been issued against you by the Magistrates' Court in respect of unpaid Council Tax and you are employed, Swindon Borough Council can attach your earnings. This means we will ask your employer to make regular deductions from your salary and pay them directly to us.

The amount we can deduct from your salary will depend on how much you earn per week/month.

Your employer will continue to make deductions until you have paid the outstanding Council Tax.

By law your employer must comply with the attachment of earnings order and may be prosecuted and subject to a substantial fine if they fail to make deductions.

If you are in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Pension Credit, we can apply to the Department of Works and Pensions for regular deductions to be made from your benefit.

Further information

You should contact us if you have any questions about Attachment of Earnings or Deductions from Benefit.

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