Entitlement in the UK is for everyone except those who work for a living. "I'm entitled" - I'm sick and tired of hearing those words, especially coming from someone who has never worked since he arrived with his wife and 8 children! Many of my friends are struggling to pay rents and mortgages as food and energy prices rise. Some of them have even had to give up their cars to get to work. With the government allowing scroungers like this to milk the system, it hardly seems worth working anymore.
"A family of asylum seekers has moved into a £2million home in one of the country’s most exclusive neighbourhoods at taxpayers’ expense. Unemployed Saeed Khaliif is being handed almost £8,000 a month to pay the rent on his house, one of the most expensive ever to be funded by housing benefit.
The Somali refugee, 49, demanded to be moved to the six-bedroom property in West Hampstead, north-west London, with his wife Sayida and their children after deciding their previous accommodation was inadequate.
Their old house, in Coventry, also had six bedrooms but, at £1,000 a month, was a fraction of the burden on the Government. The family say they wanted to be near friends and relatives in the capital.
But it is understood they left damage estimated at £600 in the Coventry property and did not pay their final month’s rent. Their new home has a 90ft garden and has been recently refurbished, with an en suite master bedroom, modern kitchen and large living room. It is minutes from West Hampstead Underground station and the neighbourhood is home to comedian Stephen Fry and actress Emma Thompson.
Housing benefit was recently capped at £400 per week, but the Khaliifs are able to claim more because they moved before the change came into force. According to property sources, the house was being advertised at a rent of £7,800 per month.
It is unclear how many children the family have – but up to eight youngsters have been seen at the property.
When approached by The People, Mr Khaliif said: ‘This is my house. We’ve got every right to live here.’
Speaking via his children, who acted as translators, he said he had not worked since arriving in the UK three years ago and admitted he was on benefits.
Residents in the street reacted angrily to the family’s move.An architect in her 20s said: ‘It’s just not fair, we have worked so hard to get where we are. We only just manage to pay the £3,000 rent on our flat and they have that property for nothing.’
Last night Johnny Bucknell, who is on Camden Council’s housing committee, said: ‘When Camden housing is gridlocked and there is ample room up north, why are we encouraging people to move south?’
The Department of Work and Pensions said the new rules now in force would make the system fairer. ‘As claims come up for renewal, people on housing benefit will have to make the same choices as people in work about where they can afford to live,’ a spokesman said. Mr and Mrs Khaliif refused to speak to the Mail yesterday. A handwritten note on their front door read ‘Media do not knock. We have nothing to say.’
Camden Council was unavailable for comment last night. I BET THEY WERE!
Source Daily Mail
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