Coroner slams CSA after fathers hanging death

A DAD from Birstall, hounded to death by the Child Support Agency, was still chased for money after he hung himself, an inquest heard.Neil Hutchinson, 33, of School Street, fathered a child in the 1990s but split from the girls mother.At an inquest into his death, Kirklees coroner Roger Whittaker was told that the CSA bombarded him with letters.He was in £5,000 in arrears by 2003 and that had increased by £1,500 a year later.The hearing at Bradford was told that Mr Hutchinson hung himself at home on March 7 this year.The CSA was informed five times that he had died but still letters came, the latest dated August 21.Mr Whittaker said he was horrified at the CSAs failures and demanded a full inquiry into its arrogant and reprehensible behaviour.The inquest heard that the CSA had been told of Mr Hutchinsons death by coroners officer Peter Rose, Mr Hutchinsons parents Keith and Eileen and his former partner.In a last desperate attempt to get the message through the family contacted Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood.In court Mr Hutchinsons parents claimed their son, a bed factory worker, had been hounded to death by the CSA and had been bombarded with letters.Mrs Hutchinson said she had contacted the CSA on her sons behalf when the demands increased from £80 a week to £110.They said it was a ploy they regularly used to get people to contact them, she said.A spokesman for the CSA said the agency took the coroners reported remarks very seriously and was urgently investigating the facts alleged at the inquest.

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