Justice for Jodey Whiting petition
Justice for Jodey Whiting petition reaches over 55,000 signatures but not enough to trigger a Parliamentary debate
Update: The petition closed on 15 September 2019 with 55,784 signatures. This is not enough to trigger a parliamentary debate (100,000 are needed for this) but Jodey’s mother, Joy Dove has said she will continue to fight for justice. Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference Joy said ‘We have got to stop this and get justice for Jodey and change the system completely’. [Source: Disability News Service]
We believe the death of Jodey Whiting in February 2017 was the latest avoidable tragedy to be caused by the failings of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
She took her life 15 days after her disability benefits were stopped for missing a Work Capability Assessment when she was seriously ill.
This petition calls for:
- An independent inquiry to investigate DWP failings in relation to these deaths, including whether there has been misconduct by civil servants or Ministers.
- Any evidence of misconduct contributing to serious harm or deaths to be turned over to the police.
- Recognition that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose.
- DWP to urgently change its policies and administration of social security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority.
The petition is half way to gaining the 100,000 signatures needed to get a parliamentary debate.
Please support the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/243337