Definition of family allowance in English:

family allowance

noun

  • 1British

    former term for child benefit
    • ‘Demand for education increased dramatically between 1950 and 1975 as real wages rose, supported by family allowances and social security, the economy boomed, and families sought a better future for their children.’
    • ‘He says that family allowances and childcare do have a role in the decision women make to have children.’
    • ‘He wished to see equal amounts of funds directed toward the disadvantaged in the form of family allowances and old-age pensions.’
    • ‘Truancy continues to be a widespread problem across many indigenous communities, and Noel Pearson has suggested parents who don't send their children to school should lose their family allowances.’
    • ‘There is NO association between the prevalence of teenage birth and the proportion of national wealth spent on family allowances.’
  • 2Australian An untaxed allowance paid by the government to the parent or guardian of a child.

    ‘the uncertainty of the situation meant they were sometimes overpaid family allowance’
    Formerly called child endowment
    • ‘That's the heavy handed way it's trying to recover incorrect family allowance benefit.’
    • ‘Governments should also look at ways of giving families the option to take future family allowances up front.’
    • ‘Families said they needed Family Allowance to help them meet the costs of having the child back.’
    • ‘The sample of ethnic families participating in project consultations was selected from Centrelink records of Family Allowance customers.’
    • ‘Workshop participants reported many disputes over Family Allowance monies.’
    • ‘The third group studied included a mixed group of Family Allowance customers, including sole parents.’
    • ‘The suggestion was a non-means-tested family allowance payment, to reduce high effective welfare-to-work tax penalties.’
    • ‘Low-income parents faced the loss of a significant part of their resources when losing Family Allowance for a child.’
    • ‘The Cape York Aboriginal leader has suggested, among other things, redirecting family allowances for parents who consistently fail to send their children to school.’
    • ‘They would also keep more of their family allowance than would otherwise be the case.’