The Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed has called on the Government to address a lack of adequate information on training and education options for unemployed young people.

The INOU was responding to a warning by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton that social welfare was becoming a 'lifestyle choice' for many leaving school.

Ms Burton said that those who refuse to take up a job or training opportunities would see their payments cut by up to €44 a week.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Minister Burton said there was an abuse of the system at a rate of between 1% and 3%.

Also on the same programme, Brid O'Brien of the INOU said the problem was a lack of choice and that the minister should be focusing on a system of job creation.