Benefits would generally include all other things included in a "compensation package", which generally mean: the basic salary, plus allowances, and other mandated or voluntary benefits & perks (housing, transportation, car, gas, health & life insurance, etc.).
The cash allowances are those that are included in the so-called "gross salary" (vs the term "basic salary").
Hope this helps.
Ed Llarena, Jr.
6th August 2014 From Philippines, Parañaque