Does a Duke of Edinburgh Award count as full time education?

July 15, 2013

I have a 19 year old son, currently in full time education. i was informed last year by the CSA that maintenance stops at 19 (it was guaranteed to stop- i was told) i have since been informed that this has changed and is now 20. The CSA attitude to this was tough luck.

I was never informed that it had changed. Also he finishes college this year and is due to go on a Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Does this count as full time education, or will my payments be due to stop in July when college finishes.

Some advice please is required


8 Responses to “Does a Duke of Edinburgh Award count as full time education?”

  1. Andrew Jones on July 15th, 2013 12:25 pm

    So the csa thinks that its good for us to pay for a 20year old and that he cant get a job??????? The csa can fookoff as he is able to claim benefit and get a job…the csa wants to grow up and start looking of closing down as they dont care about kids only your money.. They are money grabbing bastards….

  2. Amanda Preston Andy Quinn on July 15th, 2013 1:09 pm

    The duke of Edinburgh is an award scheme not education it does not help getting a job etc so you won’t have to pay Csa while he is doing it I done my duke of Edinburgh when I was 13 tell them to bolt and u will see them in court for theft if they take any money from u

  3. Sara Turnock on July 15th, 2013 2:09 pm

    we were told to stop paying when child turned 19…(3 months after law changes) then they rang and demanded arrears and that we have to pay til age 20… ONLY if child benefit is being paid for the child… as for DOE… is that not just an extra?? Its not actually education as far as I’m aware.

  4. Pat Savage on July 15th, 2013 6:38 pm

    Im sure a 19 year old is classed as an adult and like others mentioned should pay his own way and get a job. The sooner this money grabbing organisation is sacked the better.

  5. John on July 15th, 2013 6:41 pm

    I’m waiting for child (Hmmmmm?) to turn 19 and to see what happens regarding further education. There is no way on this earth that I am paying until 20.

    No trust or faith in CSA scum or slag of PWC, they lie together in order to attempt to screw me for more money!

    Have paid my dues for 13 years, I will have my life back whatever it takes to get these incompetent bastards off my back and out of my life for good!

    Any advice or will I have to use solicitors? Not doing tribunals, have been before and they are rigged to suit CSA outcome no matter what!

  6. John on July 15th, 2013 6:42 pm

    DOE is doubtful as further education, like was said it’s an award scheme, not a vocational qualification.

  7. KMcQ80 on July 16th, 2013 10:30 am

    So does it end at 18?
    Or 19?
    Or 20?
    Get the age in writing from the CSA and check if they are right.
    If not, it’s a trip to your MP with the CSA’s letter and time for a formal complaint.

  8. JCM on July 16th, 2013 1:52 pm

    DOE is an enrichment, not an educational award. It is available to young people upto the age of 25/26 yrs old. However some educational centres offer it. It’s a cop out by the CSA as usual. My daughter now 18, does not work, not in education…but her mother is still in receipt of CB, Beggers belief. The CSA are Corrupt, uncaring and a set of complete wasters! It is now beyond belief that this set of tools still exsist. And as for MP’s…they don’t give a toss!

    I feel for you, i really do…like many others on here.

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