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Direct Earnings Attachment (DEA)

Using this method, employers are required to make deductions from the salary of their employees and the amounts deducted are then paid over to us to reduce or clear the debt.

The employers guide provides advice on what an employer needs to do if they are asked to implement a Direct Earnings Attachment. It explains:

  • How to operate a Direct Earnings Attachment
  • How to work out how much should be deducted from the employees earnings
  • How and when to make payments to us of the amount deducted
  • Employer's responsibilities under the law

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A blank payment schedule must be completed and sent to us to give details of the amounts deducted from the employee's wages. The completed schedule would be attached to any cheque payments or sent in separately when payments are made by BACS.

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The full procedure is explained in the employers guide.

The guide is intended to help an employer understand the main points about Direct Earnings Attachments but it is not intended to be a full description or statement of the law.

If you are an employer and have any questions not answered by the guide, please telephone us on 01792 635877 - we welcome calls in Welsh.

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