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?"