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Debt from 2008/09 but I never knew until now

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 10 October 2016
Period debt occurred: 
January 2009 to January 2011
Payment Type: 
Family Tax Benefit
Appealing Debt?: 
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Im very stressed. My debt is apparently from 2008/09 but i never knew until now and always received my benefit this whole time not knowing. Why did they come up with this now??

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Disgusting. Im just guessing i was advised in oct but may have been dec. No warning just a letter then my pmnts automatically deducted with 140 a ft to repay