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English definition of “state benefit”

state benefit

noun [plural or U]    
GOVERNMENT, FINANCE money given by the government to people who are poor or ill, or who do not have a job: on state benefit(s) They live on state benefits.come off state benefit(s) More than a third of people with a disability or long-term illness want to work, yet only 5% of them come off state benefits each year to start jobs.apply for/claim/receive state benefit(s) In Sweden, lone parents are required to be available for work if they receive state benefits.qualify for/be eligible for state benefit(s) Many women earn too little to qualify for state incapacity benefit because they work part-time.
(Definition of state benefit noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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