What is an Attachment to Benefit Order?

If a Liability Order has been granted against you, for unpaid Council Tax in England & Wales – and you are unemployed, there is a likelihood that you will be contacted with regards to an Attachment to Benefits Order. We believe it to be useful to know what’s going to happen, should your Local Authority decide to use this as the method of recovering the unpaid balance(s).

An Attachment to Benefits Order is a method used to recover unpaid Council Tax from those who are currently out of work, and in receipt of benefits. This means your Local Authority can apply to the Department of Work & Pensions to demand money from your benefit award, before you receive it. 

How much will be deducted?

The amount that will be deducted from your benefits is approximately £3.70 per week. This will continue until the arrears are cleared, or your benefits cease – whichever is soonest. If your benefit situation changes, you must let your Local Authority know immediately, as you will then be required to make a new arrangement.

Which benefits are Attachment to Benefit Orders permitted to be applied to ?

There are certain benefits that the order can be applied to. These are:

  • Universal Credit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guaranteed Credit

Are there any other restrictions?

Attachment to Benefit Orders can only be applied to the benefit(s) of those whose name appears on the Council Tax bill. If, for whatever reason, your name does not appear on the bill, but all benefits received are in your name only, then you must contact your Local Authority immediately, to discuss alternative arrangement possibilities.

Tax What happens if my benefits are sanctioned?

If your benefits are sanctioned (payments are stopped by the DWP) then you must let your Local Authority know straight away, before other methods of recovery are considered. If this has already happened, call us today to see how we can help

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