HATE cleric Anjem Choudary nets £25,000 a year in benefits – £8,000 MORE than the take-home pay of soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, The Sun can reveal.
The Muslim extremist’s handouts are not taxed, making his income equivalent to a £32,500 salary.
The revelation came amid mounting fury over bile-spouting Choudary’s plan for a parade by Muslim hard-liners through repatriation town Wootton Bassett.
He has also likened British soldiers to Nazi stormtroopers.
State handout figures leaked to The Sun show Choudary, 42, gets £15,600 a year in housing benefit – to live in a £320,000 house in Leytonstone, East London.
The cleric is also given a £1,820 council tax allowance, £5,200 in income support and £3,120 in child benefits. That’s a total of £25,740.
By contrast, a private fighting the Taliban in the Afghan badlands is paid a basic £16,680 – or £13,430 after tax.
He also gets a £2,380 bonus for serving on the frontline and a £1,194 “separation allowance” for being away from home.
That makes total take-home earnings of £17,004.
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.”
THE number of foreign fanatics banned from Britain fell from 80 in 2007 to 22 last year, figures show.