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It is not necessary that the parents have been receiving benefit.
Does the sentence above mean "the parents have not necessarily been receiving benefit" that is to say "the parents may not have been receiving benefit (maybe they have not been receiving benefit). (statement)
Maybe the real meaning is "it is not necessary that the parents (should) be receiving benefit" or "it is not necessary for the parents to be receiving benefit"? (recommendation)
Yes, it applies to benefits. Unfortunately, I can't provide any context because a friend of mine is in possession of the benefit form.
'Context' does not just mean the grammatical context in which the sentence occurs.
The sentence appears to mean that, for the purposes of the paragraph in which it appears, whether the parents have been receiving a benefit or not is not relevant. You can apply the appropriate rule in the paragraph regardless of whether the parents have been receiving a benefit.