Most Rev Justin Welby has called on the government to fix the UK’s “broken” care system.
The head of the Church of England used his annual New Year message to bring to the forefront some of the issues affecting care systems across the nation, such as rising energy bills and a lack of staff.
He said: "We know our care system is broken, but it doesn't have to be. We can rise to the challenge of fixing it. That means action from all of us: you, me, families, communities, government.”
He continued: "Caring goes to the heart of what it means to be human. It is hard, but it can also be the most life-giving thing we ever do. It comes back to that essential lesson: we need each other.
“Jesus reminds us of the value of every single person, young or old. He challenges me to love everyone as I know he loves me.
“For love alone, Jesus came into our difficult world. I pray that in the hard times and the good, you find yourself loved and cared for.”
The government said in response that it was providing £7.5bn in support over the next two years.
The 66-year-old also announced the publication of a report commissioned by him and the Archbishop of York, looking into reforming the care sector.
He said the 'Care and Support Reimagined' will offer a “hopeful vision of our society”.
“One where no one is held back, over-looked or treated as a burden – where families and unpaid carers get support too,” he added.
The report will be published on 24th January.