22 July 2019
What: Jodey Whiting’s mother, Joy Dove, takes part in an action led by disabled artist-activist Dolly Sen outside DWP’s headquarters in Whitehall. Joy Dove and others hold up heart-shaped boards, on which Sen has written the names of four disabled men and women who lost their lives because of DWP’s benefit assessment regimes: Jodey Whiting [see 21 February 2017], Stephen Carré [see January 2010], Mark Wood [see 9 August 2013] and Susan Roberts [see 19 May 2016]. The action aims to highlight how DWP policies have caused distress and deaths.
Why significant: Shows the disability arts movement working with the families of those who have died to highlight the tragic impact of DWP’s actions.