mmigrants with many wives stand to make substantial financial gains under looming changes to Britain’s welfare system.
Polygamous marriages, which form a common thread in Islam, are recognised in Britain but only if they take place in countries where they are legal. Now a House of Commons library paper, published earlier this month, has highlighted a loophole that will allow additional wives coming to the UK to claim a full single person’s allowance while the husband and his first wife still receive their respective benefits.
At present additional wives receive reduced individual income support, meaning the husband and his first wife receive up to £114.85. Subsequent spouses living under the same roof receive a reduced allowance of about £40 each.
The foreshadowed changes mean some polygamous households may receive more under universal credit than under the present benefit and tax credit system. The paper said: