The treatment of Direct Earnings Attachments during the coronavirus crisis

16 June 2020

On 3 April 2020, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) confirmed that it would be writing to employers to instruct them to temporarily suspend Direct Earnings Attachment (DEA) deductions from employees’ pay in April, May and June 2020, due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

The guidance states that employers will be notified if this suspension is to be extended.

The CIPP has contacted the DWP via its Debt Management contact centre to enquire if the suspension of DEAs will continue beyond June 2020. The team advised that, whilst not officially confirmed, the intention is for DEA deductions to resume from July 2020, and that letters would be circulated in due course to communicate this.

We await further confirmation of how DEAs will be treated after June 2020, and will update members through News as we hear further information.


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