THE largest group of food bank users are in work, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.
Justin Welby (pictured) said jobs were being created but these were not lifting people out of poverty.
Asked about the economy, the Archbishop told ITV’s Peston on Sunday: ‘It’s obviously producing very good jobs, there’s a lot of jobs at the moment, there’s low unemployment, there’s good news.
‘But the thing we see in the Church of England, and with the other churches… is now the majority of people who come to the food banks are in work. That is a sign that work is not lifting people out of poverty in the way that we would hope in a society that is just.’
He called for investment in areas such as skills and apprenticeships.
The archbishop also said he did not understand why US fundamentalist Christians supported Donald Trump, as he called the president’s attitude towards women ‘completely unacceptable’.
Mr Welby said he would attend a state dinner with Donald Trump, adding: ‘Part of the job is to meet people you disagree with and to testify of the love of Christ. The odds are, it would be unlikely I’d do more than shake hands with him.’
■ HOUSING charity Shelter said its free helpline received a call every 22 seconds during its busiest time last Christmas — and it could be worse this winter. It had more than 100,000 calls to the helpline in the two months before December 25, and a ‘crippling combination’ of homelessness, high rents and universal credit problems have seen calls rise 25 per cent. The helpline is funded by Marks & Spencer food sales.