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Conservative plans for young benefits claimants are "all stick and no carrot", a Liberal Democrat spokesman has said.
Speaking as David Cameron unveiled plans to have such claimants take on unpaid community work or be stripped of their benefits, the spokesman said
Young people who are out of work, education or training for six months will have their benefits stripped unless they take on unpaid community work, David Cameron has announced, saying they must "make an effort".
"You should either be earning or learning," the Prime Minister told an audience in Hove.
"They need the order and discipline of turning up for work each day, so a Conservative Government would require them to do daily community work from the very start of their claim for unemployment benefit," Cameron said.
"From day one they must play their part and make an effort".
David Cameron has said work "must always be rewarded" as he set out his party's benefits plan ahead of the next election.
"Our vision is one that rewards work," the Prime Minister said.
"Rewarding work shouldn't stop with the welfare system, once they're in work we should be rewarding them more," he added.
As Prime Minister David Cameron unveils the Conservative Party's plans for youth benefits, ITV News Political Correspondent Emily Morgan reports:
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Young people will have benefits stripped unless they take on unpaid community work under tough new plans unveiled by the Tories today.