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Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Government’s rushed housing benefit plans, said:

"The government seems to be running scared of their own MPs over their rushed Housing Benefit plans.

"They have so far been unable to get their own backbenchers to agree a position on Housing Benefit and have therefore been forced into the highly unusual position of not tabling an amendment that explicitly endorses their present proposals.

"We are in favour of housing benefit reform but the government needs to think again before rushing through these changes in a way which could mean higher homelessness and increased costs."

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