Daily Mirror campaign calls on Boris to boost child benefits

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by Josh Peachey

The Daily Mirror has released a special issue focusing on Child Poverty with a call to Boris to increase child benefit for the first time in 10 years.

The purpose is to push the Prime Minister to increase child benefits by £5 and highlights the fact that the child benefit allowance has remained static since 2010. 

The campaign, dubbed “Give Me Five,” is timed to hit just before the Government's budget comes out next Wednesday, and warns that without change, current forecasts project that the number of UK children in poverty will rise to 5.2 million in the next two years. 

The stories have all been produced by a combined team of online and print staff, including Anthony Bond, Head of News for Mirror Online, who said: "Child poverty levels in the UK are soaring and could rise from 4.1 million to 5.2 million in the next two years. 

"We are inundated by parents telling us about the difficulties they face on a day-to-day basis. It's shocking that in a country as wealthy as ours parents are struggling to feed and clothe their children."

The issue also includes a focus on the country's three worst areas for child poverty, all in London, and an opinion piece from mayor Sadiq Khan.

The paper's Head of News added: "The Government is taking little action to help these families. We wanted to highlight the struggles of parents and put pressure on the Government to start making the eradication of child poverty a priority."

The campaign, working in conjunction with the Child Poverty Action Group, also demands that the Government removes the two-child limit - a law introduced in 2017 which punishes children in larger families and has pushed thousands of children in poverty.

It also highlights the need to remove the benefit cap, which strictly limits the total amount of benefits a family can receive to £442.31 a week in London and £384.62 a week outside of London.

Head of Campaigns Jason Beattie added: “The Daily Mirror has a proud history of shining a light on injustice and inequality. We are also proud to be a campaigning newspaper that fights for a better life for our readers and millions of other people in this country.”