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UK govt. bedroom tax blamed for woman’s suicide
Britons staged demonstrations against changes to the country
Britons staged demonstrations against changes to the country's welfare system, including the bedroom tax, on March 30, 2013.
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A British woman who committed suicide has left a note blaming the coalition government's controversial "bedroom tax" for her death, local media report.

Stephanie Bottrill died on May 4 after she was struck by a lorry on the M6 motorway near her home in Solihull, in the West Midlands, England.

Her family told the Sunday People the 53-year-old grandmother left a note, saying changes to the country’s housing benefit were responsible for the decision to take her life.

In a letter to her son Steven, she said, "Don't blame yourself for me ending my life. The only people to blame are the government."

Steven said her mother was finding it hard to pay the extra £80-a-month on top of her £320 rent bill after the introduction of the "bedroom tax" in April.

The new legislation reduces housing benefit for claimants whose home has a spare room.

According to the National House Federation, the measures will cost 660,000 working-age households an average of £14 a week.

British Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls also accused the Tory-led government of “driving people to the edge of despair”.

Earlier in March, thousands of people took to the streets across more than 50 towns and cities in Britain to call for the British government to axe cuts to housing benefit for those with spare bedrooms.

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