Britain's oldest prisoner of war 'being forced out of his home'

Robert Clark, 96, with his son Mike.

A 96-year-old World War Two veteran said he is being forced out of his home of 50 years after his local authority decided not to continue paying for his at-home carer.

Robert Clark, 96, is originally from South Shields but now lives in Burnt Oak, North London.

A petition calling for Brent Council to allow Robert to keep his house has reached more than 165,000 signatures. The council said the cost of a carer coming to his home is too expensive.

For the last two years, Robert, who is blind and deaf in one ear, spent his £50,000 life savings on part of the cost of his £960-a-week live-in carer.

But the council, who currently pay just £350 towards his care, are refusing to up their contribution, and now there is a campaign, led by his son Mike Clark.

During the Second World War, Robbie was one of the lucky few captured soldiers who survived Hitler's 1,000-mile 'Death March' retreat across Europe in 1945.

His son said being sent to a care home is like being taken to the POW camp all over again:

We have thousands of people who are calling for the council to look at my father's case as an individual and they are refusing point blank.

Mike Clark, Robbie's son

Phil Porter, Brent Council's strategic director of adult social care, added:

Mr Clark owns his home, so there is absolutely no question of Brent Council evicting him despite what has been suggested in this petition.

Phil Porter, Brent Council

The council says the maximum they can spend per resident is £451-a-week, but even if he moves into a care home, the former soldier will require specialist help which costs much more.

We have been working very closely with Mr Clark and his family for a number of years now, and will continue to do so.

Phil Porter, Brent Council