Douglas Alexander
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Alexander says he backs universal credit "in principle"

Douglas Alexander has said that in principle he supports the idea of a single benefit and simplyfying the system.

He said coalition plans for individual benefits paid by local authorities would make things more complicated and administrative costs would have to be "scrutinised very carefully".

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  • 24 Oct 2010