War hero, 96, wins home care bid

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Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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A 96-year-old war hero who campaigned to be allowed to stay in his home has had his wishes granted.

Robbie Clark, one of Britain’s oldest surviving prisoners of war, needs 24-hours a day social care and fought to receive a more expensive package than the one normally offered by his local authority.

Over 187,000 people signed a petition calling for him to be allowed to stay in his house in Brent, north west London.

Brent Council has worked with his family to offer a solution which means Mr Clark can stay in his home while receiving the care he wants and not pay a penny during his lifetime.

Phil Porter, the council’s director of adult social care, said: “Our offer means Mr Clark can stay in his own home and receive the care which he wants, through a live-in carer. He won’t have to worry about the cost, but neither will taxpayers have to foot all the bill.”

Deferred payment is a new scheme available to local authorities which enables them to help meet the cost of care for older people.

Under the proposal, the cost of the additional care will eventually be reimbursed to the council from the proceeds of the sale of property.

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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