THE campaign to get a second inquest into the death of a woman who took her own life in 2017 has moved a step closer fruition.

Jodey Whiting's family has submitted an application to quash the inquest into her death and seek a second inquiry so that the role of the Department and Work and Pensions in the events leading to her death can be considered.

The 42-year-old died three days after getting her last Employment Support Allowance (ESA) payment and a letter informing her that payments were being stopped.

New evidence indicates that 'acts and omissions by the DWP probably caused or contributed to Jodey’s death', her mother Joy Dove.

The application for a fresh inquest was made at the High Court last Friday and the coroner and Department of Work and Pensions have also been served with a copy of the documents.

Ms Dove said: “I believe my Jodey would still be here today if it had not been for the way she was treated by the DWP. It was heartless and cruel and a breach of their own rules to treat Jodey in the way they did.

"They knew she was vulnerable, but they took no notice of her pleas for a home visit for a WCA and then just cut off her ESA. It was too much for her to bear. I think they must be made to answer for their actions towards my daughter.”

Her payments were halted after she failed to attend a work capability assessment (WCA) and a home visit she requested due to her poor health was refused.