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Taxes must rise, says Welby

06 September 2018

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has called for a more just economy and fairer taxation of large technology firms. Welby was interviewed by the BBC following the introduction of a major report by the Commission on Economic Justice, of which Welby is a leading member.

The Archbishop called for new regulator for technology firms, to ensure they manage people’s personal data in a socially responsible way. “Data is the real place where the money is, and we’ve always said that people with huge power should be regulated.”

The commission also said that the present living wage should be increased by £1 an hour to £8.83 for those over 25. Welby explained that the so-called “living wage” (previously called “minimum wage”) needs to allow people to “live with dignity,” or the government would face “bitter resentment.”
“I think one of the regrettable things in the last few years has been to call what we used to call the minimum wage a ‘living wage.’”

The problems in the economy were found by the report to have long-term roots, and have been building for more than 40 years.

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