House of Commons
INQUIRY INTO DEATHS LINKED TO WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENTS
EDM #2329
Tabled 25 April 2019
2017-19 Session
That this House regrets the tragic death of Jodey Whiting in February 2017 who took her life 15 days after her disability benefits were stopped for missing a work Capability Assessment when she was seriously ill; believes this was the latest avoidable tragedy to be caused by the failings of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP); condemns the inhumane way in which the DWP is implementing the UK Government's draconian austerity measures; notes the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition online which has gathered almost 40,000 signatures; calls for an independent inquiry to investigate DWP failings in relation to those deaths; and further calls for the DWP to urgently change its policies and administration of social security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority.