House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd April 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last carried out a review of polygamy and income support.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

The rules for paying benefits to people in polygamous marriages have been in place since 1988. The department conducted an internal review of the arrangements in November 2006. It concluded that current policy, while recognising certain polygamous marriages contracted abroad, ensures that there is no financial advantage to claiming for those in such marriages.

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