This has been admitted by UK officials.
Vague UK rules to benefit polygamous households—As per current UK rules, polygamous marriages are recognized in Britain for getting smaller income apart from the regular normal amount received by the man along with his first wife.
As compared to the benefits to be received by polygamous households, the current benefits are certainly less. But, when the new UK rules come into effect next year, each polygamous household in Britain will get entitled to claiming the allowance of a full single person.
The original married husband and wife will be getting the allowance of a married person, state official documents. Strange it may seem, but, it is true. And they are going to prove taxing for the UK government.
As per official records, nearly 1,000 polygamous households are currently there in Britain and these are likely to be benefited from the scheme. Benefits for polygamous households comprise income support, jobseeker allowance, support and job allowance, housing benefits, pension credit and council tax benefit.
UK ministers worried about effect of loophole-- UK ministers had decided to put to an end the current rules following introduction of the new Universal Benefit process in a bid shelve absurd situation offering recognition to polygamy in Britain.
But, now they feel that multiple wives will come forward to claim full benefits of single person rather than getting low-payments for couples. And this could mean weekly payouts going up to as much as £71 a week as compared to the earlier £40 a week for immigrants.
Prosecutions sought for bigamy—The UK must prosecute those with multiple wives if it wants to sort out the situation, suggests Baronnes Flather, a Crossbench peer. Flather questioned the validity of allowing having more than one spouse in the UK.
Such rules are allowing immigrants with multiple wives to claim thousands of UK pounds annually for their several spouses.
And this is especially noticeable among Muslims living in the UK since Islamic laws give permission to have up to four wives.
Polygamy is unlawful in the UK and hence, as per the rules, it would be unlawful for the benefits process to allow arrangements by recognition of benefits to polygamous households, states an official spokesperson of a Department for Work and Pensions.