What are lawful deductions from wages authorised by statute?

The most obvious ones are income tax and National Insurance contributions, but they can also include payments ordered by tribunals or courts (e.g. an 'attachment of earnings' order, which is an order that can be made by a court to require a debt to be paid through deductions from your wages).

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