Report: Woman who took life over 'bedroom tax' may have been exempt

Stephanie Bottrill who died last May Credit: Family handout

A woman who left a suicide note blaming the Government for her death after struggling to pay the 'bedroom tax', would have been exempt under a loophole in legislation, the Guardian reports.

Stephanie Bottrill, from the West Midlands, would have been liable for a refund of hundreds of pounds if she were still alive, the newspaper said, citing Solihull council sources.

Ms Bottrill left a letter to her son Steven, which said: "Don't blame yourself for me ending my life. The only people to blame are the Government".

The council said that they had examined Bottrill's files to see if she would have been considered exempt, but were not prepared to comment on an individual case.

A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said it would not comment on an individual case.

The Guardian said Ms Bottrill's family were unavailable for comment.