Jody Whiting took her own life in 2017 when her disability benefit payments were stopped because she missed a capability assessments. An independent inquiry into her death found that the DWP failed 5 times to follow their own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to her suicide.
A petition has been launched which calls for:
1. An independent inquiry to investigate DWP failings in relation to these deaths, including whether there has been misconduct by civil servants or Ministers.
2. Any evidence of misconduct contributing to serious harm or deaths to be turned over to the police.
3. Recognition that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose.
4. DWP to urgently change its policies and administration of social security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority.
So far, the petition has been signed by nearly 18,000 people. At 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in parliament. You can sign the petition here.