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The Big Issue 14-09-20

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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Country:
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

Last week saw welcome progress for the Ride Out Recession Alliance’s campaign to keep people in their homes, as a freeze was announced on evictions in England and Wales over Christmas and a halt on evictions in areas under local lockdowns. This is significant progress and shows that Westminster is listening to RORA. But much, much more is needed. New research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that unless a temporary £20 per week increase in Universal Credit is introduced now, the coming “economic storm” will plunge an additional 500,000 people into extreme poverty. This comes as the Prime Minister doubled down on his determination not to extend the furlough scheme which has protected 9.4 million jobs, despite calls for an extension from business leaders, economists and MPs. When furlough ends in October…

6 min.
where should the money go?

The furlough scheme, Eat Out to Help Out and other initiatives were big measures introduced to keep people out of poverty and stop the economy seizing up. Now there are signs that ministers are listening to the Ride Out Recession Alliance’s calls. Last week housing secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed the eviction ban in England and Wales would lift on September 20, but gave details of a “winter truce” that would keep renters in their homes over Christmas and a six-month notice period before tenants can be evicted by landlords. Evictions will also not be enforced by bailiffs in an area where a local lockdown is in place. This means some positive action, but it’s not enough. The difficult decisions on where to put their money for the years ahead will be answered in the…

1 min.
the alliance

The organisations that are coming together to make sure we look after those who need support. There’s still time to come on board. We need your voices in our Ride Out Recession Alliance The Big Issue is bringing together companies, charities and organisations to work towards the shared goals of preventing homelessness and protecting jobs in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Unilever, Shelter and Nationwide Foundation are just some of the heavy-hitters backing our campaign. But we need your support too. Tell us YOUR stories and ideas at rora@bigissue.com now. If you tell us the problem, we can help fix it. The time is now. bigissue.com/rora…

3 min.
easing out of lockdown

EXHIBITION Refugees: Forced to Flee (supported by AHRC and ESRC) From northern France and Belgium in 1914-1918 to present day Syria, millions of people have ›led con›lict over the last 100 years, packing up a few possessions to march into the unknown. Made up of photographs, oral histories, documents and objects – many on display for the first time – a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum explores a century of refugee experiences. As we’ve seen in recent months, even should they reach a prosperous country like Britain, survival is far from guaranteed. IWM London, September 24-May 24; iwm.org.uk/ events/refugees-forced-to-›lee AUDIO BOOK Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, David Harewood and more narrate Beatrix Potter If your kids couldn’t get enough of the Mad Max actor’s various appearances on CBeebies Bedtime Stories, then wait until…

1 min.
big issue bites

HOW TO BAKE CARROT CAKE INGREDIENTS • 250g plain flour• 2 tsp baking powder• ½ tsp fine sea salt• 1½ tsp ground cinnamon• 295ml veg oil• 200g granulated sugar• 200g soft brown sugar• 4 large eggs• 300g grated carrot (5-6 medium carrots)• 100g chopped walnuts• 100g apricot jam ICING • 225g soft cream cheese• 140g icing sugar• 80ml double cream METHOD Heat oven to 180c. Grease 2x9in round cake tins and flour them so the bottom and sides are finely coated. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and sieve together into a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk oil and sugar until glossy, then add the egg one at a time whilst still whisking until smooth. Now add the dry ingredients a spoonful a time, folding in with a spatula or wooden spoon. Once done fold in the grated…

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 and alcohol hand gel. 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,…