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Attachment of benefit


A Liability Order allows deductions to be made from certain benefits via the Department of Work and Pensions for the repayment of Council Tax.

What are these attachments?

An Attachment to benefit is when the Council take money direct from your Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Pension Credit or Universal Credit. In these cases the Department for Work and Pensions deducts money that is sent to the Council Tax department until your arrears are paid off.

This usually becomes necessary where an individual has previous arrears in Council Tax but is presently in receipt of Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Pension Credit.

The current rate of deduction for an attachment to benefit is presently £3.70 per week (apart from Universal Credit), which will be deducted continuously until the debt is clear. This amount is subject to inflation over time. Universal Credit deductions are not set at £3.70 per week, and could vary on an individual basis.

Deductions can be made from Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Pension Credit or Universal Credit. It is not possible to set up an attachment to any other type of benefit. 

If you are in arrears with your Council Tax and wish to discuss payments or the action being taken against you, please contact us as soon as possible.