Council Tax Attachment of Earnings Orders (CTAEO)

If you do not contact us, or are unable to agree an arrangement to pay your arrears, the council may decide to issue an Attachment of Earnings Order to take money directly from your pay.

Your employer will then set up payments to be made to the council on a daily, weekly or monthly basis in accordance with how you are paid, until the debt is settled. A copy of the order will be sent to you and your employer.

Once set up, an attachment will not be cancelled until the debt is paid in full or you cease employment.

The amount of money deducted depends on your net pay. This is your wages, salary (including any fees, bonus, commission or overtime pay) or any statutory sick pay, after the deduction of income tax, most national insurance contributions and superannuation contributions.

The tables below provide an indication of the percentage of your pay that will be deducted.  These percentages are non-negotiable as they are set by central government, not the council. More detailed information is provided in our booklet:  Council Tax Attachment of Earnings Orders - Guidance for Employers [PDF 146kb]

Table 1 – Deductions from daily earnings

(1) Net earnings                                           

(2) Deduction rate (percentage)

Up to £11

 0%

£11 to £20

 3%

£20 to £27

 5%

£27 to £33

 7%

£33 to £52

 12%

£52 to £72

 17%

Over £72                                                   

17% of the first £72 and 50% of the remainder

 Table 2 – Deductions from weekly earnings

 Up to £75

 0%

£75 to £135

 3%

£135 to £185

 5%

£185 to £225

 7%

£225 to £355

 12%

£355 to £505

 17%

Over £505

17% of the first £505 and 50% of the remainder

 Table 3 – Deductions from monthly earnings

 Up to £300                                           

 0%                                                       

£300 to £550

 3%

£550 to £740

 5%

£740 to £900

 7%

£900 to £1,420

 12%

£1,420 to £2,020

 17%

Over £2,020

17% of the first £2,020 and 50% of the remainder