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Deductions from wages and attachment of earnings

Updating author: Kate Upcraft


  • No deduction may be made from a worker's wages unless the deduction is required or permitted by statute or by a provision in the worker's contract, or the worker has given prior written consent to the making of the deduction. (See Deductions from wages)
  • An employer may be required by a court to make deductions directly from an employee's wages where the employee is subject to a court order to pay money, and may be liable to a fine if it does not comply with the order through negligence. (See Attachment of earnings)
  • Since 6 April 2000, student loans have been recoverable through the employer's payroll. (See Student loans)
  • Three types of arrestment of earnings order can be made by a Scottish court. (See Arrestment of earnings (Scotland))
  • Since 30 November 2004, deductions from employees' net pay have been legally enforceable under a Debt Arrangement Scheme for those habitually resident in Scotland.(See Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme)

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