15 March 2019
What: Relatives of six disabled people who died due to DWP failings back the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition that calls for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to the department’s actions. The petition is set up on parliament’s petitions website and if it reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate by MPs in the House of Commons. The petition was launched following the death of Jodey Whiting and is set up in her name, with the backing of Black Triangle, Disabled People Against Cuts, Mental Health Resistance Network, WOWcampaign and Disability News Service (and later WinVisible – a multi-racial community group of women with visible and invisible disabilities-running since 1984).
Why significant: Families and grassroots groups of disabled people uniting to highlight the links between DWP and the deaths of claimants.