Monday, Nov 30, 2009

Erm, well I think erm . . . well I . . . Aaaagggh!

Mailonline: Taxpayers pay £1,600 a week

"A Somali family are living in a luxury £1.8million five- storey house in central London funded by the taxpayer.
Nasra Warsame, 40, has lived with seven of her children and her elderly mother in the six-bedroom house since October.
Westminster council pays the £1,600-a-week rent for the former asylum seeker."

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1. Spiderchannel said...

There is no such thing as a luxury 1.6 mil house in Central London. Luxury is a lot more pricey than that. Yes there are asylum seekers and it is decent and humane to give refuge. The fact that property cost so much in England is not the fault of the asylum seekers! Economic migrants is another story...

Monday, November 30, 2009 06:54PM Report Comment

2. braindeed said...

This family has been here for nearly twenty years - but the circumstances surrounding the history still asks questions......we cant house and feed all the worlds refugees, and none of the big two have the nuts to open pandoras box and deal with it.

Monday, November 30, 2009 07:05PM Report Comment

3. cynicalsoothsayer said...

That link didn't work for me, but this does:

Monday, November 30, 2009 07:13PM Report Comment

4. cynicalsoothsayer said...

Anyway, it's nuts. The rest of us have to go where we can afford to live, so they should be made to move to a cheaper part of the country.

Monday, November 30, 2009 07:18PM Report Comment

5. rumble said...

Thoreau's Civil Disobedience.

Monday, November 30, 2009 07:34PM Report Comment

6. mark wadsworth said...

Sure, it's a waste of money and fuel for the BNP, but I do wonder, is the owner of this house a mate of somebody at the council? Or is this just political correctness gone mad?

Monday, November 30, 2009 07:58PM Report Comment

7. alan said...

Does this family really need to be in Central London? I've no objection to assisting the poor and downcast, but there are cheaper places in the country to live.

I guess the owner of the house is "on a nice little earner" as Arthur Daley used to say....

Monday, November 30, 2009 08:03PM Report Comment

8. scandinavian pessimist said...

This is quite clearly a case of a landlord struggling to let his property out. He knows someone in the council, figures it's easer to let it out through him, be it an assylum seeker, it doesn't matter cause he gets the rental income he is looking for, his mate gets his share too.

Someone will loose his job for this. No doubt.

Monday, November 30, 2009 08:31PM Report Comment

9. rumble said...

"Someone will loose his job for this. No doubt."
Scandinavian optimist. ;)

Monday, November 30, 2009 08:54PM Report Comment

10. Bobbybogstandard said...

The parents have been here 18/19 years. The parents of this family are British citizens. The children of this family are British born. The family didn't choose to go to this property, they were forced from their smaller council house by the council and are now split as a consequence, living in two separate properties. The landlord is being investigated as the mortgage was in default. Would anyone here unfortunate enough to end up on housing benefit due to the recession have no objections to being moved to Moss side to save money?

Interesting that the Daily Mail choose to insert the words Asylum Seekers when it was 18 years ago. Interesting that the Daily Mail decide to highlight the family as if they were doing something wrong when it's the landlord on the make. Interesting how when times are hard we scapegoat the poor and not the rich.

Personally I would prefer to be in work than on benefits whatever the quirky rare occasion when something like this happens. I am equally convinced that this family's father would prefer to be in work doing the trade that he trained for.

Monday, November 30, 2009 09:00PM Report Comment

11. Enough Already said...

Fab, I'm going to claim political assylum in Mayfair!

Monday, November 30, 2009 09:43PM Report Comment

12. markj69 str05 said...

It wasn't so long ago there were reports in the press about nurses, teachers, firemen, and policemen not being able to afford the city prices. I wonder whee they can afford to live???

Monday, November 30, 2009 10:36PM Report Comment

13. markj69 str05 said...

Or do you think they get a second home allowance now?

Monday, November 30, 2009 10:37PM Report Comment

14. tenant super said...

Any extra lounges should be counted as bedrooms too. The elderly mother can be moved to sheltered housing. I think all social housing should be limited to maximum 4 bedrooms or for housing benefit, the national average for a 4 bedroom house so they are forced to shop around - outside London and the South East if necessary.

This will reduce birth rate amongst the next generation as I grew up as one of six in a 4 bedroom house and as a result of experiencing crowding first hand, I would never have more children than I had bedrooms for.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 10:21AM Report Comment

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