THE Government has admitted it is powerless to stop hate cleric Anjem Choudary claiming £25,740 a year in state handouts.The Sun told yesterday how the Muslim extremist, who lives in a £320,000 house, racks up £15,600 a year in housing benefit.
He also gets £1,820 council tax allowance, £5,200 in income support and £3,120 in child benefits.
The rabble rouser plans to lead Muslim hard-liners on a parade through repatriation town Wootton Bassett, Wilts. He is thought to be paid a small wage by a Muslim group, allowing him to claim income support and time to spread his hatred.
But despite spouting bile instead of job-hunting, the British-born father of four, of Leytonstone, East London, will keep all his benefits. The Department for Work and Pensions said there was no code of moral conduct he has to stick to.
A source said: "He could stand outside a Job Centre and preach his bile and nothing would be done to slash his payments." An insider added: "He's complying with the strict eligibility criteria needed to claim his benefits."
Mark Wallace, Campaign Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "There is no way that this twisted man should be allowed to live off benefits while preaching his evil views."
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Theresa May said: "We need a radical overhaul of the benefits system to ensure that when people can work they aren't relying on the state."