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Unemployed 'work for benefits' plan: One town's view

Young people out of work, education or training for six months will have to do unpaid community work to get benefits if the Conservatives win the election.

David Cameron said about 50,000 18 to 21-year-olds would be required to do daily work experience from day one of their claim, alongside job searching.

The welfare shake-up would make sure young people "don't get sucked into a life on welfare", he said in a speech.

Labour said the Conservatives' plan would do "nothing" to get youngsters into "real jobs".

The BBC asked people in Durham for their views.

  • 17 Feb 2015
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