After being left to ‘waste away’ by council bosses, Royal Marines veteran, 60, faces being homeless at Christmas.


A ROYAL Marines veteran is going through homelessness this Christmas after being refused social housing.

Robert Davison, 60, has been sleeping on his daughter’s couch in Saltash, Cornwall, for the final 9 months after a cerebral stroke left him unable to stay alone at his dwelling in Plymouth, Devon.

He had his stroke in October final 12 months, however was rushed to hospital once more in February after his daughter Kelly discovered him mendacity on the ground of his entrance room.

The 42-year-old mentioned the warfare hero, who accomplished 5 excursions of Afghanistan and served within the Falklands, had deteriorated and though he had commonly messaged her to inform her he was advantageous, he had “wasted away” smaller than her 14-year-old son.

Kelly took her dad dwelling to take care of him in Saltash and has been looking for him social housing underneath the Armed Forces Covenant ever since.

However regardless of the covenant, which permits veterans to use for social housing in areas like Cornwall the place a neighborhood connection restriction applies, Mr Davison remains to be residing on her couch.

“My dad deserves a house and a mattress to sleep on for Christmas,” Kelly informed The Solar On-line.

“He did 37 years of service from when he was 17 years previous. All he’s ever identified is the Royal Marines. 

“He gave up his life gladly, he served his Queen and nation proudly.

“However now he’s simply feeling very nugatory that Cornwall Housing has denied him the safety of the Armed Forces Covenant.”

Authorities in Cornwall normally require an individual in search of housing to have a “native connection” to the realm – somebody who has been there for greater than 5 years.

However the council says this restriction is waived for veterans like Mr Davison underneath the Armed Forces Covenant.

Kelly, who now works half time for her cleansing and upkeep enterprise to take care of her dad, defined: “Beneath laws for the Armed Forces Covenant a service individual has 5 years from the date of their discharge to make an utility to social housing of their selection. 

“He was discharged (from the Marines) in October 2015 and he made his utility in March 2021 – which was throughout the 5 years.”

The mum-of-eight mentioned her dad has been sleeping on her couch to be close to her rest room downstairs, which he wouldn’t be capable of get… Abstract information.


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