Policy News Journal - 2014-15

Attachment of Earnings Order guide

27 February 2015

We are pleased to confirm HM Courts and Tribunal Services are reviewing the AEO guide.

We are aware a number of members have felt some updating and improvements are needed. The CIPP has been tracking down the person responsible for the updating for some time and we have now been approached to assist. Please can you review the PDF guide within the news link below and send any comments, suggestions etc. to policy with AEO guide in the subject title. There is a tight turnaround for the initial work so if you could have your comments to policy by close of play 18 March 2015 please.

Attachment of earnings order guide

In addition to this work we have sought clarification on whether the guide will be placed on GOV.UK as a PDF or something else to ensure it isn’t diluted in anyway and will confirm the intention as soon as we know.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Direct Earnings Attachments change

9 March 2015

The DWP has confirmed a change in regulations (The Social Security (Overpayment and Recovery) Amendment Regulations 2015) that will mean they can issue a Direct Earnings Attachment to deduct at a maximum rate of 40%, rather than the current maximum of 20% in cases where the person has been prosecuted for the offence which gave rise to the benefit overpayment. Although the regulations come into force from 8 April 2015, the DWP will be working with the CIPP and the BCS who represent the payroll software industry on its implementation. Whilst Ministers would like to utilise the new regulations as soon as possible, they do recognise that without updated payroll software this would be difficult for employers to administer and it is likely software will not be ready until April 2016. Once the changes are implemented it is expected the DWP will issue a “stop notice” where a 20% DEA is in place and replace it with a new 40% DEA in appropriate cases, there will be no responsibility on employers to automatically increase the DEA rates. Further information for employers will be available after further consultation has taken place. A DWP official will be attending the next British Computer Society – payroll group meeting on 25 March 2015 to enable payroll software providers the opportunity to discuss the new requirements. The CIPP will also be in attendance at this meeting.

Autumn Statement

What would you like to see in Autumn Statement 2014?

3 September 2014

The government is seeking views on what individuals and organisations would like to see in Autumn Statement 2014, which (it has now been confirmed) will take place on 3 December.

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