§ Mr. Haynes
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how the standard spending assessment for Ashfield district council, Nottinghamshire, was arrived at.
§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what advice has been given to employers about their responsibility for collecting cash from poll tax defaulters.
§ Mr. Chope
[holding answer 23 January 1990]Attachment of earnings is one of the remedies available to a charging authority that has obtained a liability order from a magistrates court in respect of an individual who has failed to pay the community charge. The attachment order served on employers will contain all the information necessary for the correct deductions to be made. Community charge practice note No. 15 contains a model form of attachment order and explanatory notes which a local authority may use in correspondence with individual employers. Employers will be entitled to deduct £1 towards their administrative expenses each time an attachment is made.