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:

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

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.