Five leading bishops have accused the Government of failing to tackle poverty and believing money is the answer to every problem.
But Labour has denied the accusation, saying its agenda is all about fairness and giving people the chance to get on in life.
In a damning assessment of its 11 years in power, the five senior Church of England figures have branded the Government "morally corrupt".
The bishops of Durham, Winchester, Manchester, Carlisle and Hulme claim minsters have pursued "scandalous" policies.
The Rt Rev Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham, said they have not done enough to help the poor since taking power in 1997.
"Labour made a lot of promises, but a lot of them have vanished into thin air," he said.
"We have not seen a raising of aspirations in the last 13 years... instead there is a sense of hopelessness.
"While the rich have got richer, the poor have got poorer."
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