Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also subsistence money)
An allowance or advance on someone’s pay.
- Members of the European parliament have an allowance of £8,700 a month for staff, can claim £30,000 a year for office costs and have an unrestricted travel allowance and a subsistence allowance of £180 a day.
- The Post Office may see it as a quick and efficient way of issuing asylum seekers with their weekly subsistence allowance of £37.
- I have decided, if I can arrange it, to trade my state pension rights for a mere subsistence allowance.
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