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The Big Issue 21-09-20

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.
jobs now

Last week the reality of the labour market was made clear. Unemployment in Britain hit a two-year high at 4.1 per cent, with an additional 695,000 Brits losing their jobs between March and July. As job loss threats grow, one woman who is living under a cloud of uncertainty shares her story. The pressure she is under, her hopes and her fears, are representative of so many people around the country for whom job security has evaporated through no fault of their own. She, and others like her, are exactly the sort of people for whom we launched the Ride Out Recession Alliance (RORA). As the furlough scheme winds down towards an October 31 end, RORA is continuing to search for ideas that will ensure workers are not left high and dry as…

4 min.
stuck in limbo

“I haven’t spoken to the children about my situation because I don’t want to worry them any more. They’re anxious enough as it is at the moment,” says single mum of two Carla Hewitson. The 35-year-old is in a predicament that thousands of people in the UK are facing at the moment. A life of relative security that offered steady work and time with her children, Morgan, 10, and Lacey, five, is under threat due to Covid-19. Through no fault of her own, she is now being pitted against 15 colleagues for just five jobs, her performance being rated on a points- based system to deem who will continue working at the college in Swindon where she has worked for two years. For the 11 people who do not get a job,…

1 min.
where the losses are coming

• Redundancies are on the way at the nation’s favourite bakery with Greggs kicking off a consultation process with staff last week. • Lloyds Banking Group restructured their business with the loss of 865 jobs. • Waitrose announced plans to close four stores with 124 jobs at risk. • London City Airport is to slash up to 239 jobs – around 35 per cent of their roles – following a three-month closure between March and June. • High street clothes retailer New Look restructured their business to save 11,000 jobs. Similarly, Next rescued the Victoria’s Secret UK lingerie brand from administration to rescue 500 jobs. • Bangor City University says 200 jobs are at risk in the face of £13m cuts. • Pizza Hut is planning to close 29 restaurants putting 450 jobs at risk. However,…

2 min.
is a targeted furlough scheme an answer?

The furlough scheme is already winding down and we’re moving ever closer to the October 31 cliff edge when job protections will end, despite CBI pleas for a successor. While Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s intervention has been costly, at an estimated £60bn, it has been vital for the 9.6 million jobs that relied on the scheme at its peak. But with rising Covid-19 cases across the UK, job protections are being dropped before economic recovery has taken hold. The Scottish Government has pleaded with Westminster to continue the scheme in the devolved nation, stating that an extension up to June 2021 would save 61,000 jobs and boost GDP at a cost of around £850m. Left-leaning think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research is warning ending furlough now risks a “far worse unemployment crisis with longer-lasting…

3 min.
the big list.

MUSIC Celebrate two decades of monkey business with Gorillaz How fitting that the first and still only virtual cyber-punk band from a dystopian future should turn 20 in 2020 – a bin-fire year in which non-corporeal musical experiences have become the norm and the world has lurched closer than ever to going full Mad Max. Gorillaz, which is to say musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, celebrate with the publication of a 120-page Gorillaz Almanac – a book containing comic strips, puzzles, games and more. They’ll also be releasing a new album, Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez, on October 23, followed by a global livestreaming event in December. gorillaz.com STREAM A powerful tribute to the victims of the Troubles Derry Playhouse is staging a new production, Anything Can Happen: 1972, telling untold…

2 min.
teachyourself guitar

I’ve been playing guitar for about 15-20 years and at the moment I have a Martin Smith guitar and a classical guitar. I had a Fender but it broke just before lockdown ended. I’ve been teaching myself and I still am teaching myself, you don’t ever stop learning. I used YouTube videos to learn and it can be quite difficult, you have to make sure you have the right videos! The hardest bit for me was persevering and keeping up with it. At first I was like ‘I can’t bleeding do this’ because you know that you’ve got your fingers in the right place but it can be very difficult to hold that chord down. It hurt your fingers but after a little while your fingers build these little pods (guitar calluses)…