Polygamous husbands entitled to welfare for all spouses in UK

posted at 8:58 pm on April 17, 2007 by Allahpundit

Even though bigamy is, of course, illegal. Like Steyn says, who’s assimilating whom?

Officials said yesterday a review was now under way into whether the state should continue to pay out income support, jobseeker’s allowance and housing and council tax benefits to ‘extra’ spouses…

[I]f a husband and his wives arrive and settle in Britain having wed in a country where polygamy is legal, then the UK benefits system recognises his extra wives as dependents and pays them accordingly…

A DWP official insisted the rules did not “reward” polygamy, as second wives receive less in benefits than single women. A single person can claim just under £60 per week in jobseeker’s allowance, while couples receive up to £92.80, but each ‘additional spouse’ in a polygamous marriage receives an extra £33.65.

Alas, if you’re native born, you’re not entitled to money for flouting British custom. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still flout it:

Muslim couples are only married in the eyes of the state if they undergo a register office wedding as well as a Nikah, or religious ceremony.

A spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain said it was quite common for men here to undergo more than one Nikah with different wives. This does not count as bigamy since only the first marriage is legally recognised.

I say, let ‘em get paid. After all, they’re the best darned citizens in the UK.

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I say, let ‘em get paid. After all, they’re the best darned citizens in the UK.

So, like ya’ think that this means that Islam truly IS a religion of peace?

Have the Brits considered the possibility of paying out a single entitlement (payment), and then, let all the Muslim wives fight over it?

CyberCipher on April 17, 2007 at 9:16 PM

Allah,
It’s entries like these that made me a faithful reader to your old blog “Allah’s in the House.” Absolutely hysterical. I love your humor.

Leiren on April 17, 2007 at 9:18 PM

Have the Brits considered the possibility of paying out a single entitlement (payment), and then, let all the Muslim wives fight over it?

CyberCipher

Sounds like a better show idea then Big Brother!

Defector01 on April 17, 2007 at 9:18 PM

Wait a minute…If I am muslim and I am in the UK then I can marry one woman and have as many as I can afford on the side for entertainment? Then if I don’t come back from a bombing public relations job then they can collect benefits? No wonder it is becoming Eurabia!

brtex on April 17, 2007 at 9:35 PM

So the second wife is less a human being and worth less money. Is that the lesson here?

It should really be the other way around, shouldnt it? You wouldn’t need a second wife, if the first could handle the workload. And you wouldn’t need a third, if the first two could handle it. I think the man should determine each of their worth – let them earn their keep.

Oh baby. Good times.

lorien1973 on April 17, 2007 at 9:59 PM

So if the additional wives aren’t officially recognized, is the “husband” responsible for alimony or child support in the event of divorce?

thedecider on April 17, 2007 at 10:37 PM

Hell, I’m moving to England!

Brown hair, blue eyes, like poetry and long walks on the beach; seeking four lovely young ladies on the dole near Cornwall coast to adopt me, ASAP. EMAIL: hngry4luv@omann.us

profitsbeard on April 17, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Budget buster. Does the British governemnt think money grows on trees?

naliaka on April 17, 2007 at 10:45 PM

Budget buster. Does the British governemnt think money grows on trees?

naliaka on April 17, 2007 at 10:45 PM

Well it would if you damn neocon wingnuts would quit clearcutting money trees…

/STFMoonbat

Bad Candy on April 17, 2007 at 10:51 PM

The thing is, Allah P., the same thing is happening here. As I’ve written many times–b/c we see it here in Dearbornistan and elsewhere–the multiple-wives of Muslim men each claim many different government benefits, and get away with it. Same difference/different way of collecting–all allowed by state and fed officials. So, it’s actually no surprise that they’re now lending official sanction.

Debbie Schlussel on April 17, 2007 at 11:26 PM

You all are a bunch polygamaphobes!

pedestrian on April 18, 2007 at 12:50 AM

Wait – you didn’t want to use the screen cap from “Up The Chastity Belt”? Gotta love the Daily Mail.

Quisp on April 18, 2007 at 8:52 AM

I thought you could only have more than one wife if you could provide for all of them.
If so, and if you need to get welfare to support them, isn’t that against Islamic law as well as British law?
Just asking.

Veeshir on April 18, 2007 at 12:22 PM