The Daily Mail (who else?) has found a family of asylumseekers living in a property it apparently deems worthy of better sorts.
And its investigative powers, sometimes known as itsnot-so-hidden agenda, have unearthed some neighbours appalled at the presence of theSomalians in their midst and want them evicted.
The Mail reports that former Red Cross worker Abdi Nur, hiswife and seven children have moved from the less salubrious Brent district inLondon to the glitzier environs of Notting Hill – the £2,000 a week rent paid,naturally, at the taxpayers’ expense.
The subtext is that they are playing the system.
The report helpfully lists the celebs who live near thefamily and, one must presume, are in a state of mental Armageddon about theprospect of falling property prices now that a family of asylum-seekers havemoved nearby.
The truth is they are unlikely to be so distressed; only theMail and the one neighbour it found seemed bothered that Abdi Nur’s family livein a property valued at £2m (courtesy of the taxpayer – have I mentionedthat?).
What we should be more concerned about – because the Mailevidently is not – is the doubling of the rent from £1,050 last year to themaximum available now under housing benefit rules.
The landlord, a company based in the British Virgin Islands,is not named in the report. Neither is anyone questioned about the hiking ofthe rent, which seems to have coincided with the arrival of Abdi Nur and hisfamily.
So who is playing the system now?