A woman from Solihull has taken her own life, leaving a note for her son blaming the Government for her actions.
Protests will take place across cities in the Midlands against the government's "bedroom tax" which will affect thousands of households.
A Midlands council is drawing up a petition against the so-called "bedroom tax", saying it will hit more than 6000 of its tenants.
A group of six people facing eviction were in court today because they're all struggling to pay the so-called bedroom tax.
Bill Dobson, one of the group, has lived in his home in Nottingham for 17 years, but now can't afford to pay the council his £14 a week spare-room subsidy. Charlotte Grant joined him on the day he went to court.
A petition calling for Stoke City Council to condemn the so-called 'bedroom tax' is being discussed today.
North Staffs Against Cuts, which is submitting the petition, wants the council to promise no-one will be evicted from their homes.
It was April this year that the law was changed to cut the government's spare room subsidy, meaning people living in council homes with more bedrooms than they need will have their benefits cut.
More than half the people hit by recent changes to housing benefit have fallen into rent arrears since they were introduced, according to a new survey. Branded a 'bedroom tax' by its opponents, the new policy cut housing benefit for those with spare bedrooms.
The purpose was to force single people into smaller houses to free up stock for larger families. The survey of fifty one housing federations says 60,000 people in the West Midlands are affected by it - and that sixty three per cent of those are disabled. Callum Watkinson reports.
Over 2000 experts are at Birmingham's ICC today to debate the so-called bedroom tax.
Among the issues they will be discussing is the news that over half of the families hit by the tax have been pushed into rent arrears in the first three months.
ITV News Central spoke to Deborah Cowley who is £900 in arrears and has been directly affected by the bedroom tax.
She moved to a two-bedroom flat so her six-year-old grandson could visit while her daughter is at college but now finds herself caught in a difficult situation.
Bedroom tax is causing her rent arrears to rise but the housing association tell her they will not move her to a smaller property until she clears them.
Protesters in Nottingham have spoken out about why they decided to take part in a nationwide protest over the so-called 'bedroom tax'.
Among those who camped out in the city centre was Stewart Halfonty, who said he believes the housing stock needs to be replenished rather than "kicking people out of their homes".
Campaigners who are against the so-called 'bedroom tax' have staged a mass sleep out in Nottingham.
It is part of action which took place across the UK last night.
The High Court has dismissed a legal challenge over claims that the Government's so-called "bedroom tax" unlawfully discriminates against disabled people in social housing.
Campaigners from across the country have been protesting in Birmingham over the Government's spare room subsidy, otherwise known as the bedroom tax.
It follows the death of a 53-year-old woman from Solihull, who neighbours believe killed herself because she was worried about how she would afford to pay for her spare rooms.
The son of a woman from Solihull who killed herself, leaving a note blaming the government for her death, has urged David Cameron to re-think the so-called bedroom tax.
Stephanie Bottrill said she was worried about how she would afford the £20 extra a week for the two spare bedrooms in her council house, money she owed because of the government's spare room subsidy.
Her son Steven said he now hoped someone would listen and make changes to the policy.
Solihull council told us Ms Bottrill bid on a number of properties and was offered the choice of two. It added that it had supported her throughout the process.
The bedroom tax or spare room subsidy brought in by the coalition has always been controversial and Mrs Bottrill's death has reignited the debate.
Our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie sent this report from Westminster.
A Labour councillor in the town where Stephanie Bottrill killed herself has described her death as an 'appalling' tragedy.
David Jamieson is calling on the Government to allow some flexibility for those who may be struggling because of the tax.