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Child benefit / maintenance
#1
Hello

My son, aged 17, has recently dropped out of education at college.  As he was previously in education his Mum was entitled to child benefit and I was paying maintenance.  

My understanding is that Child Benefit will now stop and that maintenance will stop.  Is that correct?

Secondly, does anyone know if Child Benefit and/or Maintenance can be re-started?  And in what circumstances?  Are there any age limits that affect this?  He will be 18 in a couple of months time.

Many thanks
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#2
(11-22-2018, 04:29 PM)markrugby Wrote: Hello

My son, aged 17, has recently dropped out of education at college.  As he was previously in education his Mum was entitled to child benefit and I was paying maintenance.  

My understanding is that Child Benefit will now stop and that maintenance will stop.  Is that correct?

Secondly, does anyone know if Child Benefit and/or Maintenance can be re-started?  And in what circumstances?  Are there any age limits that affect this?  He will be 18 in a couple of months time.

Many thanks

If a CMS case, ask them to check the status of Chiild Benefit.

If it stops, your requirement to pay does. It can restart if the young person goes into aproved eductation, but if it did it would end the summer after 19th birthday.
Posts made by me are my opinion and any factual information should be checked out. If you do not have a Solicitor, often your local CAB can get you some initial advice.
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#3
From govt website

When approved education or training ends
When your child leaves approved education or training, payments will stop at the end of February, 31 May, 31 August or 30 November (whichever comes first).

Apply for an extension
You could get Child Benefit for 20 weeks (called an ‘extension’) if your child leaves approved education or training and either:

registers with their local careers service, Connexions (or a similar organisation in Northern Ireland, the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein)
signed up to join the armed forces
Apply for the extension online, by phone or post.

To qualify your child must:

be 16 or 17
work less than 24 hours a week
not get certain benefits (for example Income Support)
You must have been entitled to Child Benefit immediately before they left the approved education or training and apply for it within 3 months of them leaving.

So there can be a 20 wk run on sometimes
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