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The Big Issue

The Big Issue


The Big Issue is one of Britain’s leading news and cultural magazines. Every week’s edition is packed full of original takes on the biggest issues of the day as well as interviews with the most significant figures in politics and entertainment. The Big Issue was founded 1991 to give people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to earn their own income. We continue to support hundreds of vendors across the UK and all proceeds from sales go to help anyone wanting to lift themselves out of poverty.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
should landlords be more flexible about renting to homeless pet owners?

@adrian_hearn This is a really important issue. Good to see @BigIssue and @dotslondon highlighting it. In the coming months, there’s a good chance many more pet owners will have housing issues. @LeonaKnows I’ve had a hard time renting with a dog. But I can see it from a landlord’s POV, too. Some ppl are so abusive to the places they’re renting. I’d think to really cover the costs of what a pet could do in damage, you’d have to take a deposit so big people couldn’t come up with it. @JuliRigby So wrong. These darling dogs deserve a home too and behave impeccably @AvifaunaLux Only thing that concerns me is that the criteria demanded in order for a pet to be permitted seems very strict – what homeless person will have the funds to be up-to-date with…

1 min.
support your local vendor

VENDORS Restrictions on movement are changing week to week, area to area. Our staff are working closely with each and every vendor to make sure it is safe for them to be selling, and safe for customers to buy. We are providing masks and hand gel, and encouraging vendors to follow government guidelines. This is a tough time so please support your local vendor by buying The Big Issue from them every week. PITCHES Towns and cities across the country are quieter than normal so our teams are moving vendors to pitches where they have the best chance of selling magazines, depending on local safety measures and circumstances. An ever-increasing number of vendors are offering contactless payments so they are not losing out as people carry less cash. SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SHOPS In parts of the…

3 min.

Can Covid live on surfaces for 28 days? HOW IT WAS TOLD As with many aspects of the virus, the question of whether Covid-19 can live on surfaces and infect other people has been one that has evolved throughout the global pandemic. It is a question with an answer that has changed as our scientific knowledge of how the virus spreads has improved. Back in March, media reports suggesting that the coronavirus could be passed on via banknotes were denied by the World Health Organisation, and from there the research has intensified. There have been studies that have suggested that UV light kills off the virus, while last week it was suggested that it could stick around on surfaces for up to four weeks. The study by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s…

7 min.
fearne cotton

I had this really pivotal moment at 15 when I went from being a regular kid in school, who had a real passion for dance and drama, to being catapulted into the world of TV. Somebody at my local weekend drama club told me there were auditions for presenters on Disney. I went with very low expectations. There were a lot of kids from the big stage schools like the Brit school and Sylvia Young so I thought, I don’t stand a chance here. But somehow I managed to get through. I really didn’t feel like I knew what I was doing though. I was winging it. I just knew I wanted to be as successful as my TV heroes, people like Zoe Ball, Davina [McCall], Chris Evans. I was loving…

4 min.
i’m not sure if i can pay rent. what are my rights as a tenant?

My landlord isn’t giving me six months’ notice of eviction It depends on the reason for eviction. If you have rent arrears of more than six months, your landlord is only required to give you four weeks’ notice. And if you’re facing eviction for antisocial behaviour, current legislation means you can receive little or no notice. If you have received a Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction notice, you could still face eviction before spring next year if you got a valid notice before August 29, and/or if your landlord started court action before or during the ban. Landlords must now provide information about how tenants have been impacted by Covid-19 if they pursue an eviction through the courts, while tenants can give details on a defence form. If you’re a lodger living with a…

4 min.
out of the blue

Too many late-night DJ gigs have shot my memory to pieces, but if you pull a record from my shelves I can usually tell you exactly where I was and how I felt when I first heard it. Blue Note albums are an exception; somehow it seems like they’ve always been there. It’s hard to picture a world without Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock and those other names that have become synonymous with jazz as we know it. But to think of Blue Note as a heritage label, still balanced on the shoulders of these giants, is an underestimation. It’s still on the same unwavering creative trajectory it set in motion over 80 years ago. Blue Note Records was founded in New York in 1939 by two German-Jewish immigrants, Alfred…