The right to life may be at risk when the actions or inactions of a public body contribute to someone’s death
In 2017, Jodey died by suicide after her disability payments were stopped because she missed a work capability assessment. Jodey had been receiving disability benefits for more than 10 years and told the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) she hadn’t received a letter about the assessment. The decision to stop her benefits was overturned five weeks after Jodey died. Jodey’s mum, Joy, said the DWP’s handling of Jodey’s case contributed to her death and breached her Article 2 right to life. However, the first inquest into Jodey’s death lasted just 37 minutes and did not investigate the DWP’s role. Joy asked the High Court to order a second inquest, but this was initially denied. However, the Court of Appeal has now granted her permission to appeal this decision so her case will be heard.