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5(1)Regulations under paragraph 1(1) above may provide that where a magistrates’ court has made a liability order against a person (“the debtor”) and the debtor is an individual—E+W

(a)the authority concerned may make an order (an “attachment of earnings order”) to secure the payment of [F1the appropriate amount]F1 ;

(b)such an order shall be expressed to be directed to a person who has the debtor in his employment, and shall operate as an instruction to such a person to make deductions from the debtor’s earnings and to pay the amounts deducted to the authority;

(c)the authority may serve a copy of the order on a person who appears to the authority to have the debtor in his employment; and

(d)a person who has the debtor in his employment shall comply with the order if a copy of it is served on him.

[F2(1A)For the purposes of this paragraph the appropriate amount is the aggregate of—

(a)any outstanding sum which is or forms part of the amount in respect of which the liability order was made; and

(b)where the authority concerned has sought to levy an amount by distress and sale of the debtor’s goods under provision included by virtue of paragraph 7 below and the person making the distress has reported that he was unable (for whatever reason) to find any or sufficient goods of the debtor on which to levy the amount—

(i)such sum as is referred to in sub-paragraph (2)(b) of that paragraph, and

(ii)if the authority has applied for the issue of a warrant committing the debtor to prison under provision included by virtue of paragraph 8 below, a sum (of a prescribed amount or an amount determined in accordance with prescribed rules) in respect of the costs of the application.]

F2(2)The regulations may include—

(a)provision allowing an attachment of earnings order to be varied;

(b)provision requiring a person who has the debtor in his employment to comply with the order as varied if a copy of the order as varied is served on him;

(c)provision requiring an order to be in a prescribed form;

(d)provision requiring an order to specify the sum to which the order relates, the rate at which the debtor’s earnings are to be applied to meet the sum, and such other particulars as may be prescribed;

(e)rules about the rate which may be so specified;

(f)provision allowing the person who deducts and pays amounts under the order to deduct from the debtor’s earnings prescribed sums, or sums determined in accordance with prescribed rules, towards his administrative costs;

(g)provision requiring the person who deducts and pays amounts under the order to notify the debtor, in a prescribed manner and at any prescribed time, of the total amount of sums (including sums towards administrative costs) deducted up to the time of the notification or of the total amount of sums (including sums towards such costs) that will fall to be deducted after that time;

(h)provision requiring any person on whom a copy of the order is served to notify the authority in a prescribed manner and within a prescribed period if he does not have, or subsequently ceases to have, the debtor in his employment;

(i)provision that, where the whole amount to which the order relates has been paid, the authority shall give notice of that fact to any person who appears to it to have the debtor in his employment and who has been served with a copy of the order;

(j)provision allowing or requiring an order to be discharged.

(3)The regulations may include provision that while an attachment of earnings order is in force—

(a)the debtor shall from time to time notify the authority concerned, in a prescribed manner and within a prescribed period, of each occasion when he leaves any employment or becomes employed or re-employed, and shall include in such a notification a statement of his earnings and expected earnings from the employment concerned and of such other matters as may be prescribed;

(b)any person who becomes the debtor’s employer and knows that the order is in force and by what authority it was made shall notify the authority concerned, in a prescribed manner and within a prescribed period, that he is the debtor’s employer, and shall include in such a notification a statement of the debtor’s earnings and expected earnings from the employment concerned and of such other matters as may be prescribed.

(4)The regulations may include provision with respect to the priority to be accorded as between—

(a)two or more orders made under the regulations;

(b)orders made under the regulations and orders made under the M1Attachment of Earnings Act 1971 or the M2Child Support Act 1991.

(5)The regulations may include provision that a person may appeal to a magistrates’ court if he is aggrieved by the making or the terms of an attachment of earnings order, or there is a dispute whether payments constitute earnings or as to any other prescribed matter relating to the order.

(6)The regulations may include—

(a)provision prescribing the procedure to be followed for initiating an appeal;

(b)provision prescribing the procedure to be followed in dealing with an appeal;

(c)provision as to the powers of the court (which may include provision as to the quashing of an attachment of earnings order or the variation of the terms of such an order).

(7)The provisions of this paragraph (except sub-paragraphs (3) and (4)(b) above) shall apply to elected members of billing authorities or relevant precepting authorities as they apply to persons in employment; and for the purposes of the application of those provisions in relation to any such members—

(a)any reference to a person having the debtor in his employment shall be construed as a reference to such an authority having the debtor as an elected member; and

(b)any reference to the debtor’s earnings shall be construed as a reference to allowances payable to the debtor by such an authority.

(8)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (7) above—

(a)a relevant precepting authority is a major precepting authority other than the Receiver for the Metropolitan Police District; and

(b)a person is an elected member of a relevant precepting authority other than a county council if he is appointed to the authority by a constituent council of which he is an elected member.

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