BRITAIN’S oldest prisoner of war has been forced to survive off charity handouts and faces eviction because his local council refuses to acknowledge he is not eligible for their help.
Robbie Clark miraculously managed to survive Hitler’s 1,000-mile Death March across Europe in 1945 but is now living in misery after exhausting his £50,000 life savings to pay for a live-in carer costing £960-a-week at his home in Burnt Oak, north London.
The wheelchair-bound 97-year-old, who is also registered blind and deaf in one ear, came into the public eye five-months-ago after Brent Council refused to pay his care costs.
Council workers said they would pay up to £451 in funding a week but this left him facing eviction and being forced to live in a care home – which he fears is like being back in a prisoner of war camp.
Following a 190,000 signature petition in Aprilurging Brent Council to pay for the nonagenarian’s care costs they quickly released a statement saying they would pay all his care costs and he wouldn’t have to “pay a penny in his lifetime” because of the new “deferred payment” scheme which means the council can pay his bills and get back the costs from the sale of his house when he dies.
However, his son, Mike Clark, has revealed his father is now even more stressed as Mr Clark senior does not qualify for deferred payments because he is not in a care home and does not own his house outright.
Mike said he has told the Council three times about his father’s ineligibility but claims they refuse to listen.
He told the Independent: “The council just ignored it when I pointed it out to them on three different occasions.
“The press statement was duplicitous and caused my dad more anxiety. His health is suffering.
“He’s living off of charitable donations from Help for Heroes, the Army Benevolent Fund and the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund. This is all because my dad didn’t want to be in a home – particularly because he was a prisoner of war. He sees it as a loss of his freedom.”
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