Old benefit debt - disputed in Benefits and HMRC Posted December 30, 2014 I received a letter a few days ago from DWP debt recovery saying I owed £410. Somewhat confused I called them to ask what it was about and apparently it's from a budgeting loan I had when on benefits over 12 years ago. I paid this back by taking 4 cash instalments into my local jobcentre (now closed) when I first returned to work. The person I spoke to asked if I had receipts etc. Well I did but it was 12 years ago - I've moved house 3 times since then!! Who keeps receipts for 12 years? I understand that the 6 year statute of limitations doesn't apply to DWP/HMRC but is there anything I can do? I mean they could say whatever they wanted really - there's no way anybody could prove otherwise.