Mum of girl who took personal life after advantages stopped loses new inquest bid

Jodey Whiting died in February 2017 round two weeks after her incapacity profit was stopped when she didn’t attend a piece functionality evaluation. Her mom requested the High Court to grant a new inquest

Joy Dove
Joy Dove requested the High Court to grant a new inquest into the demise of her daughter

The mum of a housebound disabled girl who killed herself after her advantages had been lower has misplaced a High Court bid for a new inquest into her daughter’s demise.

Jodey Whiting, 42, from Stockton-on-Tees, died in February 2017 round two weeks after her incapacity profit was stopped when she didn’t attend a piece functionality evaluation.

Her mom, Joy Dove, requested the High Court in London in June to grant a new inquest to analyze the function of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Ms Whiting’s demise.

The authentic inquest, which lasted 37 minutes, decided that Ms Whiting had taken her personal life.

Ms Dove’s attorneys argued there have been “multiple, significant failings” by the DWP when it terminated her daughter’s Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that weren’t thought of on the earlier inquest.

Ms Dove stated she is dissatisfied by at present’s ruling


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But in a ruling at present, Lord Justice Warby, Mrs Justice Farbey and Judge Thomas Teague QC – the chief coroner for England and Wales – dismissed the declare, discovering the unique inquest was enough.

Mrs Justice Farbey stated it will not be within the pursuits of justice for a new inquest, including: “It is likely to remain a matter of speculation as to whether or not the department’s decision caused Ms Whiting’s suicide.

“In my judgment, it will be extraordinarily troublesome for a new inquest to conclude that the division brought on Ms Whiting’s demise.”

At the hearing earlier this year, the court heard Ms Whiting had received benefits for more than a decade due to serious, long-term physical and mental health issues, including severe pain and a history of self-harm.

In late 2016, the DWP started to reassess Ms Whiting, who said she needed a house visit as she was housebound, had severe anxiety and was unable to walk more than a few steps.

Jodey Whiting died in February 2017


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Ms Dove’s attorneys argued {that a} home go to was not correctly thought of earlier than the DWP terminated her incapacity profit, which led to Ms Whiting’s housing profit and council tax profit additionally being terminated.

The choice to terminate Ms Whiting’s profit was overturned on March 31, weeks after her demise.

The unbiased case examiner (ICE), the physique which investigates complaints concerning the DWP, later discovered a number of breaches of division coverage, important errors by workers and a number of other “missed opportunities” for the DWP to rethink the declare.

Jonathan Hough QC, for the coroner’s service, advised the High Court in June that the coroner had known as enough proof to handle how Ms Whiting died.

Ms Dove known as for officers to be prosecuted over their failing



“It is unquestionable that the failures of DWP staff were serious and indefensible but that does not mean that the first inquest was inadequate,” he stated.

In the judgment, Mrs Justice Farbey agreed and stated: “It is not necessary and would not be in the public interest for a coroner to engage in an extensive inquiry into the department’s decision-making.

“The proven fact that the ICE discovered quite a few important failings doesn’t imply that an inquest ought to adduce substantial proof about them.”

“The inquest carried out by the coroner was brief however honest. It lined the authorized floor and handled the proof earlier than the coroner together with the views of Ms Whiting’s household,” she concluded.

After the choice, Ms Dove stated: “I am bitterly disappointed by the High Court’s ruling.

“More than 4 years on from dropping Jodey the DWP has nonetheless not needed to reply for the function that I consider they performed in her demise.

“Despite dismissing my application the judgment makes it clear that the behaviour of the DWP has been shocking and I welcome the High Court ruling that Jodey’s ESA should never been withdrawn.

“This isn’t the top. I’m not giving up and I’ll proceed to combat for justice for Jodey. Thank you to all those who have supported me on this combat to date.”

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