Twenty-six bishops have condemned the Government's "punitive" welfare reforms in an open letter to the Daily Mirror.
The bishops criticised the reforms which they say have forced people into food and fuel poverty.
The letter states that too many people are having to choose between "heat or eat" as a result of "cut backs and failures in the benefit system".
The Anglican bishops wrote:
Half a million people have visited food banks in the UK since last Easter and 5,500 people were admitted to hospital in the UK for malnutrition last year.
We often hear talk of hard choices.
Surely few can be harder than that faced by the tens of thousands of older people who must 'heat or eat' each winter, harder than those faced by families whose wages have stayed flat while food prices have gone up 30% in just five years.
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