I feel bad coming here for help but please bare with me
About 20 years ago I was taken into my local DSS office where I admitted claiming benefits while I started a new business.
I was given the option of paying back the amount I owed or go to court.
I agreed, of course that I should pay this back and as I did,
I also received a summons and was sentenced to prison time.
At this point It felt unfair as we had agreed to pay and not face court.
However, I had taken the benefits.
I stopped paying the money because of this.
I felt the prison time served was enough.
why should I be punished twice?
However even though I have not been on benefits since
I am now starting to get demands for the £2000 with court action threatened.
I am not on benefits but am self employed,on a low low income and so am worried.
I know I can make an offer to pay weekly,
I was wondering if I can make a request to see the original paperwork to see if the court or pay option was recorded.
Also, is there a statute of limitations on such a debt after so long also.