DWP response to Jodey Whiting petition is a ‘joke’ according to her mother

Jodey Whiting, 42, took her own life after her benefits were stopped [Image: Evening Gazette].

Remember when I said I wasn’t the best person to provide a commentary on the DWP’s response to the ‘Justice for Jodey Whiting’ petition?

Disability News Service has found someone much better: Her mother.

The petition demands an independent inquiry into deaths linked to the DWP, after the department ignored its own safeguarding policies no less than five times in the weeks leading up to her suicide in February 2017.

I poured scorn on the DWP’s response to the petition – which had earned more than 27,000 signatures at the time.

According to DNS, Joy Dove – Ms Whiting’s mother – said the DWP response to the petition was “a joke”, and that her message to DWP was: “You have put everything in your response to the petition that you did not do to safeguard Jodey.

“You killed my daughter by not safeguarding her.”

She added: “They should have practised what they are trying to preach now. They are responsible for Jodey’s death.”

She said she was appalled that the DWP response suggested that the £10,000 ICE ordered DWP to pay the family as a “consolatory payment” was “compensation” for her daughter’s death.

Dove said that £9,000 was given to Jodey’s nine children, while the other £1,000 was used to pay off some of the debts she had built up in paying for her daughter’s funeral.

She said: “It’s not about money. I will carry on. They can’t say it’s settled. I signed nothing. I want justice.”

Ms Dove has said she wants to take legal action against the DWP. I would like to see the department taken to court for all the deaths it caused.

Wouldn’t you like that too?

Source: Justice for Jodey Whiting: Mum brands DWP’s petition response ‘a joke’

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8 thoughts on “DWP response to Jodey Whiting petition is a ‘joke’ according to her mother

  1. MrJeff3

    aktion t4 culling the stock still rolling along without much of a ado yet parliament nows they talk regular about the dwp yet on it goes

  2. MrJeff3

    aktion t4 rolling along without much of a ado yet parliament talks regularly on the dwp yet on it goes

  3. Lynn Jenks

    So a woman’s life is worth £10,000 to the DWP, is it? Taking them to Court is not enough – the identity of the individuals responsible for this woman’ despair should be made public; they should be prosecuted for the reckless endangerment of another person’s life. When I think of the pain she must have been in, it breaks my heart. How must her poor mother and children be feeling?

  4. jan scott

    Joy is a old school friend of mine She and Jodeys family should still have a daughter mother with them But because of the failings with the DWP the have to live with what has been to them for the rest of their lives Shame on the DWP and the Tory party hang your heads in shame Keep fighting Joy Dove we are behind you all the way

  5. Angela Coen

    I am very sorry for this lady’s loss of her daughter, but I’m equally sorry that she has excepted money, as compensation,
    I am a disabled woman who HAS been affected by the DWP, and I too have lost a 25 yr old son, so I can speak from experience.
    I know what the DWP are doing, is so wrong in many cases, but not all. There may be many other factors involved, when a person CHOSES to take their own life.
    I cannot see the logic in this woman, petitioning against the DWP when she has accepted money… sorry I always believed if you accepted money, you have lost your rights!

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