Government 'capable' of paying living wage to employees
24 June 2014 Last updated at 10:35 BST
The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, says the government should make it a goal to cut the number of low paid workers by one million by 2020.
Mr Sentamu, chair of the Living Wage Commission, also says the government should pay its employees the living wage.
He told the Today programme that there is moral justification for paying employees the salary, which stands at £8.80 per hour in London and £7.65 an hour elsewhere in the UK.
It cannot be right, he said, for people to work "all hours that God gives them" and remain in poverty.
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 24 June.