Deductions from Benefits Order

One of the sanctions available to the Fines Enforcement Officer when you have not met the terms of an Enforcement Order is to ask the court to apply for a Deduction from Benefits Order (DBO).

What is a Deduction from Benefit Order (DBO)?

If you are 18 or over, and have defaulted in paying your fine, a Fines Enforcement Officer can apply for a Deduction from Benefit Order with or without your consent.

Why have I received a Deduction from Benefits Order (DBO)?

You received a Deduction from Benefit Order because you fell into arrears with your fine despite being offered help and assistance by the Fine Enforcement Officer.

I receive Job Seekers Allowance; can you take deductions from this type of benefit?

Yes, deductions can be made from the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Income Support; and
  • Pension Credit.

How much money will you take off my benefits?

The amount of deduction which the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will vary depending on your circumstances.  The maximum deduction allowed is currently £25.00 per week. 

Can I lodge an appeal with the court?

No. However, you can appeal the decision by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to make deductions through the DWP internal tribunal system.

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