Having Debt Repayments Taken from your Wages

When Repayments can be Taken 

You can have debt repayments taken out of your wages if you owe someone money from either: 

  • unpaid maintenance payments  
  • county court judgement (CCJ) 

The person you owe money is called a ‘creditor’. 

You can also have benefit overpayments (external link) taken from your wages by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or your local council. 

How You are Told 

You and your employer will get a document (called an ‘attachment of earnings order’) from the court. This will tell you: 

You and your employer can be fined if they do not follow the order. You cannot ask them to ignore it. 

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