Definition of child allowance in English:

child allowance


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    informal term for child benefit
    • ‘Under new Government plans, most benefits - from pensions to child allowance - could be paid directly into bank accounts instead of over the counter at post offices.’
    • ‘The Postal Services Bill proposes that most benefits, from pensions to child allowance, could be paid directly into bank accounts instead of over post office counters.’
    • ‘The first is the foster care allowance, which is still, even under this legislation, substantially better than the unsupported child allowance.’
    • ‘I know the government is talking about giving tax credits for crèche fees, but I think any benefits should be added onto the child allowance.’
    • ‘A great many ultra-Orthodox men opt to continue their studies, living off specially allocated stipends and government child allowances rather than working.’
    • ‘International strategies to eliminate poverty and moderate inequality, including child allowances and genuinely comprehensive public services, represent the way forward.’
    • ‘Ministers want to pay pensions, child allowance and the like directly into recipients' bank accounts.’
    • ‘In response, pensions were increased, and a child allowance scheme introduced, while other measures such as statutory holidays were in place by 1955.’
    • ‘If caregivers are not to be marginalized, quality, affordable childcare must be part of any comprehensive family policy, as must the kind of child allowance common in European countries.’
    • ‘Government budget cuts, intended to keep the economy from collapsing, slashed child allowances, social security benefits, and grants to single mothers.’
    • ‘Part of the condition of moving back in with us is that she gives me her monthly child allowance to help meet some of the baby's costs.’
    • ‘We will extend the age limitation for children who are eligible to receive child allowance from pre-school age to the end of the third year in primary school.’
    • ‘In France a stay-at-home mother gets an extra £350 a month on top of child allowances.’
    • ‘The highest inflation figures in 16 years will strengthen the argument for increased child allowances rather than special payments.’
    • ‘They have pledged that anyone who wishes to collect their pension or child allowance from the post office will be allowed to go on doing so.’
    • ‘It may give them access to child allowance and similar benefits, and to help with council housing.’
    • ‘However, child allowances did provide for some endowment of motherhood.’
    • ‘A universal child allowance, as paid in most capitalist countries, actually redistributes income to poorer families.’
    • ‘‘I pay more in crèche fees each month than I do on my mortgage repayments, and the child allowance doesn't make a huge impact on those costs,’ she said.’
    • ‘Even his child allowance has been transferred to the woman.’
    1. 1.1historical (in the UK) a tax allowance granted to parents of dependent children.
      • ‘These countries offer some form of health insurance, child care support, paid parental leave, and tax cuts or child allowances for parents.’
      • ‘This allowance cannot be simultaneously claimed with an incapacitated child allowance or a dependent relative allowance.’
      • ‘The universal child allowance, which had consisted primarily of a reduction in the taxes withheld from a father's pay, was replaced by a cash benefit to the mother.’
      • ‘She said it was wrong to portray child allowance as a form of tax relief on childcare and that a specific financial boost needed to be brought in to help working families out.’


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