THE wife of radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri will be asked to downsize her Shepherd's Bush home by Hammersmith and Fulham council.
Najat Mostafa is believed to live in a five bedroom house in Aldbourne Road with two of the couple's five children but following the Islamic extremist's extradition to the United States last week to face terror charges, the authority wants the preacher's wife to relocate to a smaller home.
Due to the current housing system, the council is unable to force her to move but the case echoes the council's recently announced plans to end council houses for life by introducing fixed term tenancies of two and five-years.
Cabinet member for housing, councillor Andrew Johnson, said: "The case shows exactly why we are bringing about the most radical changes in social housing policy for a generation. It is patently unfair that a single person can remain in a large council property for the remainder of their life when thousands of more deserving people languish on the housing register.
"We believe that social housing should only be allocated to people who are making a community contribution and those with a five-year local connection to the borough.
"These changes will come into place for new tenancies from April 2013 as unfortunately, the law of the land dictates that we are unable to act retrospectively."