Council tax What happens if you don't pay your council tax?

Deductions from wages or benefits

We can order your employer to deduct a regular amount from your wages toward your unpaid Council Tax.

This first table shows the amount to be deducted from weekly earnings.

Net weekly earnings Deduction rate
below £75

no deduction can be made

£75 to £135 3%
£135 to £185 5%
£185 to £225 7%
£225 to £355 12%
£355 to £505 17%
above £505

17% for the first £505 and 50% for the remainder

The second table shows the amount to be deducted from monthly earnings.

Net monthly earnings Deduction rate
below £300 no deduction can be made
£300 to £550 3%
£550 to £740 5%
£740 to £900 7%
£900 to £1,420 12%
£1,420 to £2,020 17%
above £2.020 17% for the first £2,020 and 50% for the remainder

Deduction from benefits

We may be able to apply for deductions if you are receiving Jobseekers' Allowance, Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit or Universal Credit.

Guidance for employers

If you are an employer please see our employers' guidance.

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