The Government could drastically increase the amount of workers on living wage by raising the salaries of some of its own workers, like those in the care industry, the Archbishop of York has told Good Morning Britain.
Dr John Semantu dismissed suggestions raising the minimum wage to a living salary would prove too difficult for businesses and said:
"The Government is one of the biggest employers so if they really want to do it, for example in the care industry, the Government could...increase the kind of budgets, then it is quite possible people could be paid a living wage."
The Archbishop of York has said the passing of archive files of deceased clergy to child abuse investigators is part of a process to ensure that such incidents can never take place again.
The damage done by the sexual abuse of children is immense, and the passage of time does not in itself bring healing.
Where young people are shown to have been betrayed by individuals in a position of trust and by the institution's failure to protect them, it is for the Church to acknowledge the hurt which has been done, to offer a full apology, and to prove, so far as is possible, that policies and practices are improved such that the same systemic failure could never be repeated.
The Archbishop of York has condemned the low pay of millions of Britons as a "national scandal", criticising the Government and business leaders for allowing the situation to grow.
Dr John Sentamu, who will chair a year-long commission on the feasibility of a so-called Living Wage, said that successive Governments have offered little more than a "sticking plaster" solution to the crisis.
Writing in today's Observer, he accused businesses of forgetting the "basic moral imperative that employees be paid enough to live on", and called for business, trade unions and the Government to take part in a "national conversation" about low pay in Britain.
The Archbishop wrote, "Why aren't those who are profiting from their workers paying up? Why is Government having to subsidise businesses which don't pay their employees enough to live on?"
The Archbishop of York has hit out at the "morally bankrupt" who avoid paying their fair share of tax.
Dr John Sentamu said everyone has a responsibility to pay their way and suggested one possibility was for everyone to make the taxes they pay public.
The Archbishop told The Telegraph that although he thought Prime Minister David Cameron's recent pledge to tackle tax evasion was "admirable", more must be done around the wide to help those living in poverty.
"In many countries, it's impossible to find out how much money governments receive in taxes and other revenues or to discover how that money is then spent," he said.
"This lack of transparency means that companies in our global village can get away with tax-dodging or bribery.
"We have seen in our own country that certain people will always look to find ways to avoid paying their fair share of tax - whilst this may not be a crime in the literal sense, it is a morally bankrupt way to behave.
"We have a responsibility to our neighbours and to our society that we cannot hide from, no matter how far we run."
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has undergone surgery for for prostate cancer.
He said he would be out of action for some time but was looking forward to resuming his ministry as soon as possible.
In a statement, he said: "I am thankful and grateful for Mr Bill Cross, and his surgical team at St James' Hospital Leeds, who today operated on me for a locally-advanced cancer of the prostate. I am also grateful to the nursing staff who are caring from me."