New evidence fuels demand for inquest uncovering DWP role in the death of Jodey Whiting

Remember Jodey Whiting? She’s the woman who took her own life after the Department for Work and Pensions ignored its own policies for safeguarding benefit claimants no fewer than five times while dealing with her case. The DWP scorned calls for an independent inquiry into deaths related to its decisions, prompted by Ms Whiting’s death – even after tens of thousands of people signed a petition demanding it. Now her mother, Joy Dove, has launched a demand for a new inquest, saying the interests of justice demand it after new evidence…

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A man left a note blaming the DWP for his suicide – and it is STILL trying to evade responsibility

If delegates at the Labour conference thought Jodey Whiting was a solitary case of DWP negligence leading to death, they should consider that of Ayman Habayeb. Ms Whiting’s mother, Joy Dove, told delegates at a Labour conference fringe meeting how the Department for Work and Pensions ignored its own safeguarding procedures on five separate occasions before her daughter committed suicide. And the DWP destroyed a document detailing similar failures on only 18 other Job Centres, after a Freedom of Information request was submitted, demanding its release. Now we learn of…

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This ‘fit for work’ death story SHOULD move you to tears – because it’s years old and nothing has changed

The story of how the death of Jodey Whiting while the DWP insisted she was ‘fit for work’ stunned delegates at the Labour Conference moved This Writer – but not in the way the author of the Mirror piece quoted below might think. Jodey Whiting took her own life – in what we must consider to be despair at the DWP’s refusal to acknowledge the illnesses that made her eligible for state benefits. She had missed a work capability assessment because she had been in hospital undergoing treatment for a brain…

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DWP says there’s no need to review its safeguarding procedures. The late Stephen Smith might disagree

Remember the Department for Work and Pensions’ rejection of a petition demanding an independent review of its safeguarding procedures, after the death of Jodey Whiting? The department had ignored its own safeguarding procedures no less than five times before Ms Whiting committed suicide in February 2017. But the DWP said it had no plans for an inquiry into its treatment of claimants – and destroyed a report on other safeguarding failures – in only 18 London job centres – rather than allow it to become public after a Freedom of Information…

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The DWP was responsible for the pneumonia that killed Stephen Smith. Will his survivors support legal action?

Stephen Smith, the man the Conservative government condemned to death by starvation when it denied him the sickness benefit ESA, has passed away. It has been revealed that Mr Smith died on April 15. Despite conditions including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, excruciating Osteoarthritis, an enlarged prostate and a need to use a colostomy bag to go to the toilet, the Department for Work and Pensions claimed that he was entirely fit for work and refused his claim for Employment and Support Allowance in 2017. Terry Craven, a former city council welfare…

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

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.…

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NO ‘justice for Jodey Whiting’ as Tory government refuses inquiry into deaths linked to DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions has scorned calls for an independent inquiry into deaths related to its decisions. Nearly 27,000 people have signed the “Justice for Jodey Whiting” petition after it was revealed that the DWP failed to follow its own safeguarding rules no less than five times in the weeks leading to her suicide in February 2017. The DWP also destroyed a report on other safeguarding failures – in only 18 London job centres – rather than allow it to become public after a Freedom of Information request…

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This was not suicide – it was ‘social murder’ by the Tory DWP

There is only one reason people are still dying as a result of decisions to cut off their social security benefits: The Conservative Government wants them to die. Four years after This Writer, on This Site, launched a campaign to force the Tories into revealing the extent of their bloodshed – a successful campaign, at that – they are still getting away with it. Perhaps even more upsetting is the fact that some readers will seize on the fact that Jodey Whiting was a mother of nine, and claim that she…

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