Immigrants with Multiple Wives Will Get More Benefits, Officials Admit

Martin Beckford, Telegraph (London), July 30, 2012

Officials have admitted that polygamous households, of which there are an estimated 1,000 in Britain, could be handed more money under reforms to the welfare system.

Currently the state effectively recognises polygamous marriages by paying extra wives smaller amounts of income support in addition to the normal sum received by the husband and their first spouse.

When the streamlined Universal Credit regime is introduced next year, this policy will be scrapped.

But a House of Commons library paper admits that as an unintended consequence of this, any second or third wives in a household would be able to claim a full single person’s benefits in addition to the standard amount claimed by the husband and their first wife. So in total the polygamous family would receive more than they currently do.

The report states: “Treating second and subsequent partners in polygamous relationships as separate claimants could, in some situations, mean that polygamous households receive more under Universal Credit than they do under the current rules for means-tested benefits and tax credits.”

Baroness Flather, the first Asian woman to receive a peerage, said: “That is terrible. Why can’t they see it?”

She said the new benefits situation should prompt ministers to tackle the problem: “Why are they allowed to have more than one wife? We should prosecute one or two people for bigamy, that will sort it out.”

It is a criminal offence in England and Wales to be a bigamist, married to more than one person, but polygamous marriages are recognised in this country if the weddings took place overseas.

Men, usually Muslims from Pakistan, can bring one wife into Britain through the spouse visa route but further brides would have to arrive through a different immigration category. In 2007 MPs estimated that there were “fewer than 1,000 legally recognised polygamous marriages within the UK” but no detailed figures have been compiled.

Under the existing system, polygamous husbands and their first wives can claim the standard couples’ rate for income support of £105.95 a week while second and subsequent spouses living under the same roof receive an additional £38.45.

They can also claim housing benefit and council tax benefit if they reside together.

Ministers hoped to send a signal that polygamy would not be tolerated by removing these rules in the Welfare Reform Bill, which will introduce a single Universal Credit in 2013.

But it means second wives, living with their husbands and their first wives, will be able to claim as a single person, on top of the sum received by the couple.

Richard Fuller, the Conservative MP for Bedford and Kempston who raised the subject in Parliament earlier in July, said: “Most people will think it absurd that the benefit system currently recognises polygamy and ending this is one of the positive hopes from the introduction of Universal Credit. Only a few people are impacted by the change, but this sends a clear signal.

“Even though as a consequence some people may be able to claim more money as a result, the principle is worth it.”

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions added: “Polygamy is illegal in this country and it would be wrong for the benefits system to legitimise these arrangements by recognising them in any way.”

Whitehall sources said they thought only a “very low” number of polygamous families would qualify for Universal Credit, levels of which have not been set.

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  • This is an unfortunate manifestation of common sense.  Welfare is one of the very few legal ways for the economics of polygamy to be viable.

  • David Ashton

    Just wait till “gay marriages” and then “bisexual marriages” are pushed on Britain.

  • WmarkW

    Umm… why is there income support for immigrants?

    • Marcus Trajanus

      They contribute all that wonderful and vibrant diversity to Britain, the least the Brits can do is pay them for their mere presence in their previously dull and grey island.

  • American_cavalier

    Awesome. All I need to do is get a bunch of blonde hotties to go on a trip with me to the Gulf States, get married there before a civil minister, then go to Britain, claim asylum as persecuted Christians, and then receive full welfare benefits!

    • Sherman_McCoy

      How hot could they be for so little money?

  • And why exactly are immigrants on the dole to begin with?

    This is an outrage, wrapped in another outrage.

    I don’t care if they marry their dogs, as long as they do it in their own countries.

  • JackKrak

    Unassimilated immigrants with multiple -probably arranged – brides and “paid” more because of it – courtesy of taxes taken from working native white Britons who would face jail if they if they had more than one spouse.

    You cannot make this stuff up.

  • Marcus Trajanus

     “So we can now assume that multicultural Britain will recognize White slavery…” Don’t they do that already? What do you call Britons working for the benefit of able bodied male muslim invaders and their several wives?

  • Sardonicus

    This is a tacit acceptance of polygamy.   Great Britain has become a post Christian nation. Un- fortunately, Muslim, Hindi and African Animist religious practices have gained more creditability in England than the Church of England. A country that lacks confidence in its history and culture is a county heading for the scrapheap of history.

  • Church_of_Jed

    In 20 years, England’s quest to give itself away to everything non White will be complete, and there will be no England.  All of Shakespeare’s masterpieces will be rewritten long before then to make the heroes black, becaue that will be truly “English”.

  • potato78

    I am indeed sure that UK will become a heaven for blacks and muslims with a full of blacks and dark skined hybrid whites after 200 years.  By then, historians will rewrite UK history of how the race have had been evolved and developed in the morden history of GB.

    • JackKrak

      London is already like that. Even English people feel like visitors in the capital of their own country.

    • refocus

       PC is so pervasive and powerful in the UK that the white people I have met are unable to articulate any difference in skin color or hair texture between a white and a negro.

      When I point out that one has very dark skin and the other light skin they will reply, “No. They both have skin. The color is not different it is skin.”

      Regarding weapons… these English really become visibly disturbed, almost frightened when they see a city cop or county sheriff with a side arm.  But a SWAT team member in full battle dress produces no response.

  • potato78

    To save the pure scandinavian, anglo-saxon ethnicity from blacks.  From geographic point of view for anthropological study in future (after 200 to 500 years from now), UN should designate a place in far east asia now, where China and Russia should join together and plot a area especially for pure white emigration from scandinavia and UK.  The place should be very close pacific ocean and Alaska about the same longitudinal area, which is far from Africa.

    • MarcusTrajanus

      Will you be doing any genetic testing to ensure only “pure scandinavian, anglo-saxon” individuals are sent to this glorified  concentration camp in Siberia? Wouldn’t want any people with say Celtic or Roman ancestry there.

      • newscomments70

        If all white Scandinavians were banished to a concentration camp in Siberia, we would turn it into thriving metropolises with beautiful homes and state-of-the-art technology. The third worlders would starve without us. They would desperately try to break into our “concentration camp” to “take back what we stole from them”.

        • MarcusTrajanus

           They would soon be inviting the non-Whites to come. We need to stop this defeatist nonsense about moving to some tiny White homeland, the world belongs to us. All of Europe for starters, a large chunk of Asia, North America and at least Uruguay, Argentina, and Southern Brazil, Australia and New Zealand, and lets not forget South Africa  and Rhodesia. We must and will have it all back as exclusive White homelands (except for small native populations that retain their traditional lifestyles and do not mix with us). Any small White homeland would eventually become a trap, specially if it manages to be successful.

  • Man, this is getting scary. The collapse can’t come soon enough. 

  • MikeofAges

     Their what?

  • UK government steals from the british taxpayer to support third world immigration. That is called high treason.

  • IstvanIN

     “It is a criminal offence in England and Wales to be a bigamist, married to more than one person,”

    So send the muslims to Scotland and Ulster.

  • potato78

     You either stay where you are or from far west to far east.

    Siberia is a golden place in future especially after global warming.