I am revisiting this thread as there has recently been an increase in complaints about child benefit being suspended, not just for 16+ home educated young people but also for younger siblings who are in full time school education, as a result of CB staff's consistent failure to apply the proper regulations pertaining to eligibility.
Having just see the above post, I should point out that there is no requirement for a young person to have
registered for work or training with the Careers or Connexions Service, Ministry of Defence, Department for Employment and Learning (in Northern Ireland) or an Education and Library Board (in Northern Ireland).
Full time elective home based education does not preclude the payment of child benefit as long as the young person is continuing
in HE, and there is no need to be registered with any external 'provider' to qualify.
I have been advising enquirers to contact their MPs as a matter of course as the new government might actually do something about a problem which has been ongoing for years without any sign of an effective resolution.
Anyone contacting their MP may wish to include the following links for ease of reference:
Schoolhouse website: Child Benefit and home education http://www.schoolhouse.org.uk/about-.../child-benefit
Home Ed Forums news: http://www.home-education.biz/news/9...ome-education/
Home Ed Forums thread: http://www.home-education.biz/forum/...tion-16-a.html
Home Ed Forums thread: http://www.home-education.biz/forum/...-confused.html