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The Big Issue 31-08-20

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Weekly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
we will not stop

The Westminster government’s last-minute U-turn, extending a freeze on evictions, provided an essential breathing space for those hit hardest financially by Covid. It was a welcome move and something we in the Ride Out Recession Alliance had called for over the last number of weeks. It doesn’t fix the bigger problem. Jobs continue to be lost at a terrifying rate in Britain. As the end of the furlough scheme draws nearer, this could become an uncontrollable cull. The lowest paid in the most precarious jobs will bear the burden of the losses. And this could make homelessness spiral. The figure of 500,000 households heading into homelessness remains a prospect. Keeping people in jobs, and creating jobs and opportunities where they have been lost, is absolutely crucial as we navigate through this crisis.…

2 min.
one win down. but the fight goes on

It was another last-minute U-turn from the government. After weeks of tough campaigning and desperate pleas from cash-strapped tenants, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced an extension to the eviction ban for England and Wales just two days before the deadline. Set to be lifted on August 23, it will now run for another four weeks, at which point Parliament will have returned from recess. The move was what the Ride Out Recession Alliance (RORA) demanded. Hundreds of thousands of tenants, in precarious work and losing out on income because of the pandemic, were at risk of falling off a financial cliff-edge into homelessness. With the help of partners like Shelter and Generation Rent, plus sharp ideas from our readers, we shone a light on the preventable disaster ahead. The U-turn made a tangible…

4 min.
worried about your home?

Although the ban on evictions in England was extended until September 20 at the 11th hour, it has done little to allay fears of renters longer-term. Both renters and homeowners are still facing uncertainty over their incomes as jobs are shed across all sectors at an unprecedented rate. And with the furlough scheme due to end in October, there is a very real worry that unemployment levels will skyrocket. Housing is a devolved matter handled at Westminster for England, Holyrood for Scotland and the Welsh Assembly for Wales, so all three nations have slightly differing approaches to tackling the impact of decimated household incomes on people’s ability to keep a roof over their heads. This of course is not helped by the cliff-edge nature of policymaking from Downing Street, and confusing U-turns…

3 min.
the big list.

ART London Mural Festival Outdoor art is having its moment more than ever before during the pandemic. The London Mural Festival makes the whole city its vast canvas throughout September, with a series of more than 20 large-scale new works by big names on the street art scene from Camille Walala and Dale Grimshaw to Marija Tiurina, Gary Stranger, Mr. Cenz, Mad C, Pref, Zabou and Seb Lester. The festival will also see more than 100 international and local artists paint everything from suburban houses to city centres and cultural hubs. Until September 30; londonmuralfestival.com AGITATE Get on board with the #nofarerise campaign Were rail fares not already expensive enough, they could be set to increase again by 1.6 per cent in the New Year in line with the latest figures on inflation – hitting the…

2 min.
how to brush up on your strokes

My dad taught me how to swim, and then I swam for Cardiff City from when I was about 10 years old. I used to go training every morning at 6am and then again in the evenings. Assuming you can already swim, it’s easy to improve your strokes and get faster in the water. A lot of it’s to do with your fingers – keep them closed and angle your hand to catch as much water as you can with every stroke. Then pull it backwards as fast as you can. Streamlining is really important, so even if you’re not used to it I’d recommend a swimming hat. The difference the hat can make, especially if you have long hair catching the water and slowing you down, can be huge. You can…

1 min.
vendor return

VENDORS: Not all vendors have been able to return to their pitches at once. Health issues mean some are shielding and areas of the country are subject to local lockdowns. We will continue to support vendors who need help until they can sell again. PPE: Safety is key, we do not want to risk any vendor or customer’s health. So we have provided ‘Welcome Back Packs’ for each vendor that include masks, gloves, sanitiser and wipes. Vendors will also be given waterproof bags to safely store magazines. PITCHES: Some pitches may have moved, depending on local safety measures and circumstances. A large number of vendors will now be offering contactless payment, but they will continue to accept cash – there is no indication that handling cash or magazines will transmit the disease,…