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family credit

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Definition of family credit in English:


[mass noun]
(Formerly in the UK) a regular payment by the state to a family with an income below a certain level.
Example sentences
  • If a woman can only manage to work 16 hours she can be employed and receive family credit to get a reasonable income.
  • Two firefighters on his watch rely on family credit as well as their wage to make ends meet.
  • Only a small number of people are entitled to totally free dental cover through the NHS: children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and those receiving family credit or jobseekers' allowance.

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