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Government for limiting to £400 a week rent to be claimed on housing benefit

Afghani asylum seeker charged of getting thousand pounds as house benefit 25th January 2011:  The Coalition Government is working out modalities to bring about a change in the Local Housing Allowance scheme. The scheme would limit to £400 a week the maximum rent, which can be claimed by someone on housing benefit.
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The Government is mulling the feasibility of bringing about the change after a former asylum seeker was accused of making false representations for obtaining house and tax benefits.

The 37-year-old Toorpakai Saiedi from Afghanistan is charged of getting thousands of pounds in housing benefit and council tax which she was not entitled.

It has been claimed that mother of seven did not declare an income of around £16,000 a year and was alleged to have received around £30,000 in benefits. As per the authorities concerned she was not entitled to the benefits between 2007 and 2010.

Saiedi had claimed asylum after coming to Britain in 2001 with her children, a year after her husband Haji Rahmat Shah Saiedi, 47, had arrived in London. She is due to appear before Ealing magistrates on Thursday.

Just over two years ago it was disclosed that she was living in a seven-bedroom house worth £1.2m in Acton, West London, where she now still resides.

At the time it was reported that she was receiving £170,000 a year in benefits, including £150,000 paid to a private landlord for the rent of the property – equivalent to £12,500 a month.

A spokesman for Ealing Council said Saiedi had been charged with three counts of making false representations to the local authority with a view to obtaining housing and council tax benefit.

At the same time Saiedi also faces one count of making false representations to the Department for Work and Pensions with a view to obtaining income support.

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