HE THINKS IT FUNNY!
Somali asylum seeker laughing over £2,000-a-week Kensington home paid for by benefits
By Colin Fernandez
Last updated at 7:55 AM on 13th July 2010
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Looking for work: Abdi Nur at the door of his Notting Hill home
An unemployed Somali bus conductor living with his family in a luxury Kensington home has defended their right to live in the posh suburb at taxpayers’ expense.
Abdi Nur laughed yesterday after answering his door to howls of protest about the £2,000-a-week home he shares with his wife Sayruq and their seven children.
‘I am in my rights to live here,’ he told The Sun. ‘You are fussing about nothing.’
Neighbours have called for the family to be evicted.
They said it was a ‘disgrace’ that a family on benefits is given a home that most working families would be unable to afford.
The family had previously been satisfied living in a smart five-bedroom house in Brent, North-West London, at a cost of £900 a week in benefits.
But last month, Mr Nur spotted a vacancy in nearby Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and was given permission by the council to upgrade.
Mr Nur, 42, and his wife, 40, sought asylum in Britain in 1999 from Somalia, where he worked for the Red Cross.
He has worked in Britain as a bus conductor, but lost his job 18 months ago, and is now looking for jobs in ‘warehouses or food production’.
The Nurs’ new house is owned by a company based in the British Virgin Islands.
It was on the market last year for a rent of £1,050 a week, but the rent has since been set at £2,000 – the maximum available-under housing benefit.
Wealthy neighbours include Blur singer Damon Albarn, fashion designer Stella McCartney and the painter Lucian Freud.
Mr Nur said yesterday: ‘The new house is good enough. We need a house this big because we have so many children.’ TRY A KNOT IN YOUR DICK- PILLOCK!
Andrew Holmes, 47, who lives down the road from the Nurs, said that the sum paid out by the council was ‘a disgrace’.
Mr Holmes added: ‘I want the council official responsible to be fired first thing on Monday morning and I would like the family to be evicted and put into social housing.
‘The message that this sends out is, “Have lots of kids and move to Notting Hill and everyone else will pay for it”.’
Matthew Sinclair, research director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It’s absolutely outrageous that this family have been into such an incredibly expensive home when so many ordinary working taxpayers are struggling with the rent following the recession.’
A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea Council refused to comment on the specific case, but said it had a responsibility to meet the needs of those eligible for benefits.
However, he admitted that the current benefits system was ‘unreasonably generous’ and ‘open to abuse’.
Upgrade: The Nurs’ old house in Brent (left) and their new Notting Hill home
£1.050…………….PAID DIRECT TO THE SOMAI THE RENT WENT UP TO £2000…………….STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN OF FRAUD!
ARRIVED WITH FOUR KIDS- NOW HAVE SEVEN- SECURING HER LIFE ON BENEFITS- ANOTHER WOMAN THAT CAN’T SAY NO!
a family of nine classed in stats as one! helps politicians with their big lie!
Unfortunately the council are only following the rules laid down by the last government,If you want to blame anyone it’s them, hopefully the rule changes in April will sort it all out although i wish the changes could have been implemented immediately.
- Carly, Kent, 13/7/2010 09:00
I will avoid paying tax like the plague. how dare the government hand over my tax in such a caviller manner. I suppose they were all to busy filling their expenses boots to bother about this type of “criminal” behaviour because that is the only way I could describe this type of wonton spending.
- Jerry S, London, 13/7/2010 09:00
When are we spineless British people going to stand up and rebel against this disgraceful waste of our money.
I suggest all self – employed people refuse to pay their taxes, as they could hardly throw us all in jail !!!
As for the rest of the workforce, a general strike would make the politicians sit up and take notice !!!
For God’s sake let’s do something positive to get our country back !!!
- Keith, Kettering, 13/7/2010 08:59
WHEN THEY THEMSLEVES ARE WITHOUT FOOD, WATER, GAS AND ELECTRICITY- THEN THEY’LL REALISE THE COUNTRY IS OVER-CROWDED AND CAN’T COPE, UNTIL THEN EXPECT BRITS TO ACT LIKE NOW WITH APATHY!
With this sort of thing being encouraged is it any wonder that our population will swell to over 70 million in 40 years.
Thank God I will be dead and gone very soon.
- Aber, Lincolnshire, 13/7/2010 08:59
2007 UK POPULATION HIT 80 MILLION- QUIT WITH THE POLITICAL BULLSHITE!
Nothing new about this is there!
- Jane, Gloucester, 13/7/2010 08:59