Child Benefits

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 22, 2020 and last updated on May 8, 2023

In today’s modern world bringing up children can not only be challenging but also very expensive. Countries such as England have recognised this difficulty and offer a monthly benefit to people with children known as “child support”. This benefit is extremely important for many poor families, but its availability to those without any financial problems has caused debate amongst the population with some arguing that benefits such as child support should be means tested and not given to everyone who has a child.

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Useful Vocabulary

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  • financial (adjective)
  • benefit (noun)
  • benefit (verb)
  • assistance (noun)
  • means -tested (idiom)
  • bring up (phrasal verb)
  • raise (verb)
  • restriction (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Should people with children get financial support from the government?
  • Do people with children get financial support from the government in your country?
  • Do you think any financial help for those with children should be means tested so it goes to people who really need it?
  • What do you think is a suitable amount people should receive?
  • Do you think this benefit should be per child?
  • Should there be any restrictions on who can receive this financial help?
  • Why do you think some people say there should be no financial help from the government for those who decide to have children?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.