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Asylum seekers’ £2m home: but who’s playing the system?

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?

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4 Responses to Asylum seekers’ £2m home: but who’s playing the system?

  1. David Hambly 12 April , 2013 at 12:22 am #

    I’m sorry but this is unacceptable and is at the top end of making people who work hard want to leave the UK in despair. As a British citizen born in the UK I will never be entitled to social housing in my own country because allocation policy is based around need and not around citizenship. I for one would be happy to send them packing back to Somalia. We the taxpayers of this country have had enough of this lunacy. They are clearly playing the system as is the landlord. This country is a disgrace.

  2. Jo Wood 12 April , 2013 at 12:22 am #

    I have to agree with David Hambly. As a Londoner born and bred and earning a decent wage I am unable to get on to the housing ladder and I don’t qualify for social housing. The system is all wrong. A lot of liberal well meaning people are appalled by what is going on in this country. It has to stop and a fairer system put in place. Also, who in this day and age has seven children and how much in benefits are they receiving for them?

  3. ELIZABETH COSTELLO 12 April , 2013 at 12:22 am #

    I also do not think that it is good that they are living in this country having that kind of pay from the government. I live in a council house trying to get repairs done and do not get anywhere and they come along and get everything that is going and it is not fair as the people who want on the property ladder cannot. It is time we got together and get the laws changed

  4. Maureen 12 April , 2013 at 12:22 am #

    We are quick to judge. What do we know about this man and his family and the hardship they have endured to end up at our mercy? This family would be happy to have any roof over their heads, safe from persecution, be it in Notting Hill, Slough or Bradford.

    So, now, because we provide a safe haven for asylum seekers we are now qualified to say how many children they should have and shouldn’t?

    Yes, I agree the system is not always fair for the hard working people trying to make ends meet, find a home etc, but that shouldn’t cloud our judgement and make us so judgemental and intolerant of those in less fortunate situations should it?

    Maureen