Definition of child allowance in English:

child allowance

noun

  • 1

    informal term for child benefit
    • ‘International strategies to eliminate poverty and moderate inequality, including child allowances and genuinely comprehensive public services, represent the way forward.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ministers want to pay pensions, child allowance and the like directly into recipients' bank accounts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A universal child allowance, as paid in most capitalist countries, actually redistributes income to poorer families.’
    • ‘In response, pensions were increased, and a child allowance scheme introduced, while other measures such as statutory holidays were in place by 1955.’
    • ‘The highest inflation figures in 16 years will strengthen the argument for increased child allowances rather than special payments.’
    • ‘It may give them access to child allowance and similar benefits, and to help with council housing.’
    • ‘A great many ultra-Orthodox men opt to continue their studies, living off specially allocated stipends and government child allowances rather than working.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even his child allowance has been transferred to the woman.’
    • ‘The first is the foster care allowance, which is still, even under this legislation, substantially better than the unsupported child allowance.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘However, child allowances did provide for some endowment of motherhood.’
    • ‘In France a stay-at-home mother gets an extra £350 a month on top of child allowances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1historical (in the UK) a tax allowance granted to parents of dependent children.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This allowance cannot be simultaneously claimed with an incapacitated child allowance or a dependent relative allowance.’
      • ‘These countries offer some form of health insurance, child care support, paid parental leave, and tax cuts or child allowances for parents.’

Pronunciation

child allowance

/ˈtʃʌɪldəˌlaʊəns/