From April this year the government plans to introduce the under-occupancy penalty, or ‘bedroom tax’, as it is now known. The government’s aim is to reduce the huge £23 billion housing benefit bill and to free up family homes to accommodate the increased demand due to mass immigration. People in public housing who are in receipt of benefits will lose 14% of housing benefit for one spare bedroom and 25% for two or more.

It was a big event when the first non-white family moved into our street in suburban London. The neighbours didn’t know at first what to make of Mrs and Mrs Singh, their two sons and the tall, turbanned uncles who were continually popping in and out of the house. But things soon returned to normal as everyone got to know them, discovering that they were friendly, polite and hard-working, with a passion for gardening and cricket, and a nice sense of humour too.