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Earnings Arrestment (EA) (Scotland)


What is an Earnings Arrestment?

In Scotland, an Earnings Arrestment is a form of Diligence, which is a legal term for procedures used to recover debts.

When served with a schedule of arrestment, the employer must make deductions from the debtor’s earnings and forward the amount of those deductions to the creditor.

The amount of the deduction depends on how much the debtor earns, the provisions of the 1987 Act being intended to ensure that a debtor retains a certain minimum level of income which cannot be affected by the arrestment.

The earnings arrestment remains in place until the debt is paid off, the employee changes employment, or the creditor recalls or abandons the arrestment.

Statutory tables provide the formula by which the employer must calculate the total amount to be deducted. Different tables apply depending upon whether the employee is paid daily, weekly or monthly.

BrightPay will automatically calculate the employee's periodic deduction based on the below tables effective from 6th April 2023:




Administrative costs

The employer may, although he is not required to, charge the debtor a fee of £1.00 for operating the earnings arrestment.

The fee is chargeable each time the deduction is made, i.e. each week if the employee is paid weekly or each month if paid monthly.



Attaching an Order to an Employee within BrightPay


1) Go to Payroll, and select the employee from the listing

2) Under Additions & Deductions, click the Add button

3) Select Attachment Orders…

4) Click ‘Add Attachment Order’ and select the appropriate Attachment Order from the listing.


Setting up the Order in BrightPay


Types and Dates

1) Enter a description for the Attachment Order.

2) Enter the reference number of the Attachment Order, which can be found on the documentation received.

3) Enter the date the Order was received.

4) Enter the date to apply the Order from.

5) Enter the date to stop – the Order should only be stopped once the full amount of the Order has been paid or you have received notification from the Courts to stop it.


Amount and Status

1) Priority – tick the box provided if the Order is a priority order.

2) Admin Charge tick the box provided if you, the employer, wish to deduct £1 as an administration charge for operating the Order.

3) Enter the total amount to be paid.

4) Cumulative amount paid at start - if the employee has already paid some of the attachment (for example in a previous employment) enter the amount here.

5) Enter any Year to Date deductions, if applicable

6) Click Save. 



Use the Notes section to enter any relevant notes relating to the employee's attachment order



BrightPay will now apply the Attachment Order on the employee’s payslip from the relevant period.

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