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Tenant Gets 12K To Move - Bedroom Tax Result

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http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/lone_tenant_gets_up_to_12_000_of_taxpayer_money_to_free_up_eight_bed_council_house_for_families_in_need_1_3765614

A lone tenant who was given thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to move out of her eight-bedroom council house is one of hundreds to benefit from financial incentives to free up homes for larger families.

Juleka Khatun, who lived in a terraced house in Kentish Town, was given up to £12,000 to downsize as part of a Camden Council scheme’s incentives for tenants to move into smaller homes.

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Eight people will now move into the home once occupied by Ms Khatun, including full-time mum Ms Lesin.

Lovely.

bTW whats a full time mum?

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Nice looking houses, looks like in excess of £1.5 million

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-45221381.html

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-46105612.html

The 'pregnant mother and her two-year-old son' is a nice line too, I have to say. I wonder if she got pregnant by the two-year-old son. Miraculous.

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It looks, from her Facebook, like the recipient of 'up to' £12k from Camden Council, Ms. Khatun, works for, erm. Camden Council.

The plot thickens. :blink: Would anyone else get an £x thousand to downsize from a 4/5 bedroomed council house if they were not employed by the council? :unsure:

I wonder how long it will take Camden to recoup the £12k from the refurbished homes? Maybe a lot longer if the new tenants are housing benefit claimants also.

Edited by MattW

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The plot thickens. :blink: Would anyone else get an £x thousand to downsize from a 4/5 bedroomed council house if they were not employed by the council? :unsure:

I wonder how long it will take Camden to recoup the £12k from the refurbished homes? Maybe a lot longer if the new tenants are housing benefit claimants also.

To be fair, it might not actually be the same person, the one on Facebook looks fairly young?

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What's even stranger is that the wealthy recipient of the £12k has moved into a 3 bedroom council house when it was apparently only her living in the 8 bedroom house, so she has got 2 extra bedrooms than she needs. This is the way to riches, not hard work or doing the lottery, just having loads of kids and claiming you are "overcrowded". She won the jackpot!

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It does seem odd also given that "“The properties we have are skewed towards one-bedroom flats or studios, so to provide accommodation to families like Jocelyne’s is amazing.”"

It's striking also that all those involved in this story are single mothers. No mention of any fathers. Seems like it pays off.

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It does seem odd also given that "“The properties we have are skewed towards one-bedroom flats or studios, so to provide accommodation to families like Jocelyne’s is amazing.”"

It's striking also that all those involved in this story are single mothers. No mention of any fathers. Seems like it pays off.

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What's even stranger is that the wealthy recipient of the £12k has moved into a 3 bedroom council house when it was apparently only her living in the 8 bedroom house, so she has got 2 extra bedrooms than she needs. This is the way to riches, not hard work or doing the lottery, just having loads of kids and claiming you are "overcrowded". She won the jackpot!

Yes, this lady should have been offered a flat. One bedroom or at the very most - a two bedroomed one. I assume that council houses in Camden are pretty thin on the ground compared to flats and maisonettes.

She probably dug her heels in and insisted on a house. To get £12k on top of that was a jackpot indeed. <_<

Can anyone remember the Channel 4 series 'How to get a council house' on earlier this year? They featured a woman 'empty nester' with a 3 bedroomed maisonette who expressed an interest in downsizing. She wanted a house of course as opposed to a flat. At the end it was a stalemate despite the cash incentive offered by the council. One family in the borough is deprived of a maisonette.

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Yes, this is no different from previous handouts such as Right to Buy or bribing people to give up secure tenancies.

Champagne socialists who are now doing quite well for themselves benefitted from similar schemes in the early 90s.

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Ms Khatun’s decision to downsize was apparently not a direct result of the controversial bedroom tax, a levy brought in by the government in April 2013 to dock housing benefit for tenants with spare bedrooms in a bid to force tenants to downsize.

so not the 'bedroom tax' then

lots of lax journalism there - it (the housing benefit reduction) only applies to social housing tenants, only applies to the under 65s, only applies to the able-bodied

why did she have such a large house in the first place? if she only have 3 children.

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Ms Khatun’s decision to downsize was apparently not a direct result of the controversial bedroom tax, a levy brought in by the government in April 2013 to dock housing benefit for tenants with spare bedrooms in a bid to force tenants to downsize.

so not the 'bedroom tax' then

lots of lax journalism there - it (the housing benefit reduction) only applies to social housing tenants, only applies to the under 65s, only applies to the able-bodied

why did she have such a large house in the first place? if she only have 3 children.

It would be worth following up on her connections with the council. Googling her name shows that 'some results have been omitted'.

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Yes, this lady should have been offered a flat. One bedroom or at the very most - a two bedroomed one. I assume that council houses in Camden are pretty thin on the ground compared to flats and maisonettes.

She probably dug her heels in and insisted on a house. To get £12k on top of that was a jackpot indeed. <_<

Can anyone remember the Channel 4 series 'How to get a council house' on earlier this year? They featured a woman 'empty nester' with a 3 bedroomed maisonette who expressed an interest in downsizing. She wanted a house of course as opposed to a flat. At the end it was a stalemate despite the cash incentive offered by the council. One family in the borough is deprived of a maisonette.

Well no, it hardly was a jackpot.

Clearly the house wasn't worth £2million TO HER, but she did have the right to live in a house worth, ooh let's say £5,000/month http://www.zoopla.co.uk/to-rent/details/34504354 for a fraction of that cost. So it was worth at least hundreds of thousands.Now she's been downsized to a house worth say £2,500/month, plus been given £12k. It's a very poor exchange if you look at it in that respect, in just shows how ridiculously inefficient the system is, given that something worth over a million pounds on the open market is worth to her a mere few hundred k, because she has no income to speak of.

If you were the proverbial Bob Crow (RIP) on a £100k salary and living in a council house, then you can place a much higher value on your secure, hugely subsidised tenancy, but for the average council tenant you can potentially tempt them out with the equivalent of a bucket of KFC and bottle of Coke - the real open market value of an assignable lifetime tenancy in a house like that would not be £12k, it would be several hundred thousand. The fact that you can buy people off so cheaply, just shows how ******ed up the system is.

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It would be worth following up on her connections with the council. Googling her name shows that 'some results have been omitted'.

That's a standard Google disclaimer for all searches now.

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It would be worth following up on her connections with the council. Googling her name shows that 'some results have been omitted'.

Who's good at writing FOI requests?

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Sorry but I doubt this has anything to do witu the bedroom tax. If it were the tenant would have been evicted. This is clearly a pensioner being paid to move out of their council house b3cause the kids have left. Pensioners are exempt from the bedroom tax so councils have to offer them cash bungs to get them to move.

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How can you give someone up to 12K?

Surely you either give them something or you don't?

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story

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