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Attachment of Earnings Act 1971

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1The following three paragraphs have effect for defining and explaining, for purposes of this Schedule, expressions used therein.

2" Pay-day ", in relation to earnings paid to a debtor, means an occasion on which they are paid.

3" Attachable earnings", in relation to a pay-day, are the earnings which remain payable to the debtor on that day after deduction by the employer of—

(a)income tax;

(b)contributions under any of the following enactments—

the National Insurance Act 1965,

the National Insurance (Industrial Injuries) Act 1965, or the National Health Service Contributions Act 1965 ;

(c)amounts deductible under any enactment, or in pursuance of a request in writing by the debtor, for the purposes of a superannuation scheme within the meaning of the Wages Councils Act 1959.

4On any pay-day—

(a)" the normal deduction" is arrived at by applying the normal deduction rate (as specified in the relevant attachment of earnings order) with respect to the period since the last pay-day or, if it is the first pay-day of the debtor's employment with the employer, since the employment began ; and

(b)" the protected earnings " are arrived at by applying the protected earnings rate (as so specified) with respect to the said period.

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