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The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992

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Interpretation and application of Part VI

32.—(1) In this Part—

“attachment of allowances order” means an order under regulation 44;

“attachment of earnings order” means an order under regulation 37;

“charging order” means an order under regulation 50;

“debtor” means a person against whom a liability order has been made;

“earnings” means sums payable to a person—


by way of wages or salary (including any fees, bonus, commission, overtime pay or other emoluments payable in additon to wages or salary or payable under a contract of service); or


by way of statutory sick pay,

but, in so far as the following would otherwise be treated as earnings, they shall not be treated as such—


sums payable by any public department of the Government of Northern Ireland or of a territory outside the United Kingdom;


pay or allowances payable to the debtor as a member of Her Majesty’s forces;


allowances or benefit payable under the Social Security Acts(1);


allowances payable in respect of disablement or disability; and


wages payable to a person as a seaman, other than wages payable to him as a seaman of a fishing boat;

“liability order” means an order under regulation 34; and

“net earnings” in relation to an employment means the residue of earnings payable under the employment after deduction by the employer of—


income tax;


primary Class 1 contributions under Part I of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992(2) and


amounts deductible under any enactment, or in pursuance of a request in writing by the debtor, for the purposes of a superannuation scheme, namely any enactment, rules, deed or other instrument providing for the payment of annuities or lump sum—


to the persons with respect to whom the instrument has effect on their retirement at a specified age or on becoming incapacitated at some earlier age, or


to the personal representatives or the widows, relatives or dependants of such persons on their death or otherwise,

whether with or without any further or other benefits.

(2) In sub-paragraph (v) of the definition of “earnings” in paragraph (1) above expressions used in the Merchant Shipping Act 1894(3) have the same meanings as in that Act.

(3) Regulations 33 to 53 apply for the recovery of a sum which has become payable to a billing authority under Part V and which has not been paid; but their application in relation to a sum for which persons are jointly and severally liable under that Part is subject to the provisions of regulation 54 (joint and several liability).

(4) References in this Part to a sum which has become payable and which has not been paid include references to a sum forming part of a larger sum which has become payable and the other part of which has been paid.


See the definition in section 116(1) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.


1894 c. 60. The definition of “fishing boat” in section 370 was amended by the Merchant Shipping Act 1970 (c. 36), Schedule 5 and the definition of “seaman” in section 742 was amended by paragraph 4 of Schedule 3 to that Act.

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