Benefits Information for Employers

Changes to the welfare system are currently being introduced in Northern Ireland. Many of the current benefits for people of working age will cease to exist and new benefit and payment systems are being introduced. We’ve provided some information to help ensure that employers have up to date information.

Direct Earnings Attachments

Due to welfare changes in November 2016, employers may be asked to make deductions from an employee’s pay. 

As part of the welfare changes in Northern Ireland from November 2016, employers may be asked to deduct benefit overpayments and Social Fund loans an employee owes the Department for Communities (DfC). This is called a Direct Earnings Attachment (DEA).

For more information see our Direct Earnings Attachment guide

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