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Financial help given by the government

aid

noun

money that a government gives to a person, group, or organization that it wishes to help

assisted living

noun

houses or flats that are designed for people, such as old or ill people, who need help in doing ordinary things

benefit

noun

money or other help that the government gives people who need financial help, for example because they do not have a job. The American word is welfare

child benefit

noun

in some European countries, money that the government gives regularly to all families with children to look after

child support

noun

money that you pay to your ex-wife or ex-husband to help your children after you are divorced

dole

noun

money that people who do not have a job get from the government. The American word is unemployment compensation

the DSS

noun

people who are receiving payments from the government because they have a low income or cannot work

housing benefit

noun

in Britain, an amount of money that the government gives to poor people to help them to pay for a place to live in

income support

noun

in the UK, money that the government pays to people who have a very low income or no income at all

Jobseeker’s Allowance

noun

money that is paid by the UK government to people without jobs, while they are looking for a new job

means test

noun

an examination of your income in order to find out whether you have the right to receive any extra money from the government

means-tested

adjective

an amount of money or a benefit that is means-tested changes according to your income. If your income is low, you get more money and if it is high, you get less money

sickness benefit

noun

money that the government gives to someone who cannot work because they are ill

the social

noun

money that someone receives from the government as a social security payment

social security

noun

money that you receive from social security

state benefit

noun

in the UK, an amount of money that the government gives to people who are poor, sick, or do not have a job

unemployment

noun

unemployment benefit

unemployment benefit

noun

money provided by the government to someone who does not have a job. The American word is unemployment compensation.

unemployment compensation

noun

unemployment benefit

welfare

noun

money given to people who do not have work or who are in need. The usual British word is benefit.

means-test

verb

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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