NACSA NEWS Jan/Feb 1995

A verdict of suicide was recorded in November on Birmingham prison worker, Stephen Jackson. In May of this year Stephen received a CSA demand for £2,500 maintenance arrears and shortly afterwards he took an overdose of sleeping tablets. At the inquest his brave mother, Mrs Lorna Jackson, said: “… the letter from the CSA was on top of the pile of suicide notes. I feel very bitter.” John Spellar MP (Labour, Warley West) said: “The CSA appears to have no understanding of the devastating effect that massive demands for arrears can have.” The letters Stephen left were addressed to John Major, his mother and father and his children and referred to the anguish he felt at the way the CSA was treating him.