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Direct Earnings Attachment

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is responsible for recovering money owed to it in respect of debts arising under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

From April 2013, Local Authorities have been given the power to recover overpaid Housing Benefit by deductions from earnings without the need to apply for a court order. This is done by using a Direct Earnings Attachment (DEA).

Local Authorities were given this power by The Social Security (Overpayments and Recovery) Regulations 2013. Full details can be found at in the Regulations, in Part 6 and Schedule 2.

We can ask an employer to make deductions from the salary of their employees to recover overpaid Housing Benefit. 


Direct Earnings Attachment – The Employers Guide 

The Employers Guide provides advice on what an employer needs to do if they are asked to implement a Direct Earnings Attachment, such as:  

  • 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.
  • An Employers responsibility under the law.  

The Employers 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.  


Direct Earnings Attachment – Payment Schedule  

Payment Schedule may need to be completed when you send a payment to us. Instructions on how to use the payment schedule is included in the Employers Guide in section 13.3. Please note, you will need to save this form to your PC before completing it electronically.

If you have any questions not answered by the guide, please telephone 01642 524616.


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