Archbishop's warning over poverty

Food banks are here to stay, the Archbishop of York has warned as Britain grapples with a "new and terrible" growth in levels of poverty.

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Archbishop of York says Living Wage is a moral issue

Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has called for the government to pay all its employees, including care workers, the so-called living wage. He called for the number of low-paid workers to be cut by one million by 2020.

The living wage is currently calculated a £7.65 per hour, outside London. Dr Sentamu said it would be morally justified and could make financial sense for the country.

Gaps in life expectancy a "human rights abuse"

Gaps in life expectancy a "human rights abuse"
Dr Sentamu has described gaps in life expectancy in Britain as a "human rights abuse" Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Archbishop of York has described gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor in the UK as a "human rights abuse".

Speaking at an international fairness conference in York, Dr Sentamu warned against a smug attitude to images of inequality in Brazil in the run-up to the World Cup.

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Archbishop of York shocked over food poverty

Dr Sentamu warns against malnutrition and food poverty Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Food banks are here to stay, the Archbishop of York has warned.

Dr John Sentamu spoke of his shock at reading of a rise in hospital admissions for malnutrition and food poverty within his own diocese, a phenomenon he described as "dark stain on our consciences."

Archbishop of York in Northumberland

Dr John Sentamu
The Archbishop will dedicate a new shrine in Bamburgh Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Archbishop of York will visit the Northumberland village of Bamburgh later (26th August).

Dr John Sentamu will dedicate a new shrine at St Aidan's Church as part of a service from noon.

The Archbishop will also bless the village and will help children from Ellingham Primary School to lay a time capsule behind the shrine.

Archbishop of York thanks people for their support

The Archbishop of York was able to speak at a charity campaign function yesterday, making his first public appearance since his operation for prostate cancer.

Dr John Sentamu was in Northern Ireland as a guest speaker at an event in Enniskillen ahead of the G8 summit.

The 63-year-old is still recuperating after undergoing an operation last month. He thanked people for their thoughts and prayers which, he says, have helped him through.

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