About time. Extra state benefits paid to additional wives in polygamous marriages are to stop under the Government’s welfare crackdown.
Taxpayers will be astonished by the revelation that spouses in such marriages are entitled to payments under special rules agreed by Labour – and that one estimate puts the total bill at around £10million a year. Polygamy is thought to be most prevalent among Muslims as some interpretations of Islamic law allow a man to have a “harem” of up to four wives. The benefits potentially available to him under current rules include Income Support, Jobseekers’ Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit. A Muslim man with four wives could receive £10,000 a year in income support alone.
The iniquities of Labour become more apparent by the day. It is little wonder that Welfarism ballooned under their diktat and it is very timely that these cuts are made to the polygamous “community”.