Jailed hate preacher Abu Hamza’s home has a £40,000 makeover… paid by taxpayers
Hate preacher Abu Hamza’s family home is having a £40,000 makeover paid for by tax payers, the Daily Mail can reveal.
Workmen from at least three construction firms have already spent two months doing up the £700,000, five-bedroom council property in an exclusive West London street.
Astonishingly, it is the second time in only five years that council bosses have approved expensive renovations on the property where the hook-handed cleric’s wife and eight children live supported by benefits worth nearly £700 a week.
Former Cabinet Minister John Hutton lived next door to the cleric’s family before putting his property on the market for £1million in June 2007.
The full cost of the work on Hamza’s house has yet to be calculated, but the bill for underpinning homes of that size can be £30,000. The extra work adds around £10,000.
It follows a taxpayer-funded £25,000 refurbishment of the home in 2005 which included a new bathroom and kitchen.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘People who abuse the system shouldn’t be able to keep their benefits. If you’ve been convicted of crimes, you shouldn’t be subsidised by hard-working people.’