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Report from the Shropshire Star, 25 April 1995
CSA has been blamed by a family for the death of a Midlands man.
Father-of-two Anthony Clemson of Wolverhampton killed himself because he faced a
staggering demand for money from the Child Support Agency. He was found hanging
in London the day after receiving a letter ordering him to pay
£105 a week maintenance to his estranged wife.
He faced the demand because delays in handling the case had meant he had run up
arrears of nearly £8,000. Today his mother said she
believed the CSA had pushed him too far: "Anthony would be alive today if it
hadn't been for them," said 47-year-old Mrs Theresa Clemson of Shelley Road,
Fordhouses. Mr Clemson lived there with his parents after separating from his
wife, Helen. "He saw his daughters Sheryl, six, and Toni, four, at least once a
week. He bought them clothes and things and took them out and into town, and
made sure they didn't want for anything," said his mother.
She said the separation was acrimonious and he preferred to buy the girls things
rather than pay maintenance through his wife. Mrs Clemson said that her son took
home £173 a week from his job and paid her
£25 board. Mr Clemson, who was found hanged on April
9, was buried at Bushbury Cemetery on 24 April 1995.
An inquest has been opened, the cause of death given as hanging. A CSA
spokeswoman said the agency never commented on individual cases.
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