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The Big Issue 28-09-20

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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

4 min.
‘losing all of my work completely took away my coping mechanism’

The Covid-19 pandemic could not have hit at a worse time for Sam. The theatre worker was just at the end of her ‘quiet season’ when national lockdown kicked off on March 23. Money earned from working on productions at a Brighton theatre company last Christmas was running out as Sam waited for shows to kick off again in April. But that never happened. Nor did Brighton Fringe, another staple of Sam’s working calendar. And Boris Johnson’s tighter restrictions, announced last week, made more grim reading for theatres, which look set to stay closed until next summer at the earliest. Freelancer Sam, from Hove, saw her income slashed to virtually zero. As she moved in with her partner at the start of lockdown, the 35-year-old was forced to rely on his financial support…

1 min.
rora’s making parliament take notice

Senior Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom urged the government to take a look at RORA’s “excellent and very practical proposals” to tackle homelessness in Parliament last week. The former Leader of the House of Commons spoke up for our campaign in an urgent question on government eviction moratorium plans after eviction proceedings restarted in the courts on September 21. Leadsom, who has been a long-time supporter of The Big Issue, told housing minister Christopher Pincher: “I, together with the noble Lord Bird, who is the founder of The Big Issue, wrote with some suggestions of how we can continue to ensure that rough sleeping becomes a thing of the past. But now, of course, with the end of the moratorium on evictions, the risk of people losing their work and then their home…

1 min.
sunak goes for ippr furlough replacement plans

Last week The Big Issue asked if a targeted furlough scheme was the answer to a looming jobs crisis with the existing furlough scheme set to end on October 31. We reported on proposals from the Trades Union Congress and thinktank IPPR that called for workers to be brought in on reduced hours and offered training, with the government paying part of their salary. Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Job Support Scheme bore some resemblance to the proposals, with employees to work a third or more of their normal hours to receive government support. The first third of their hours will be paid by their employer as normal, before the government and employer each pay a third of the wages for the hours not worked. This means staff enrolled in the scheme will receive at…

1 min.
how covid clobbered creatives

• UK creative industries are projected to lose £1.5bn a week, amounting to a combined revenue drop of £77bn for 2020 • Prior to the pandemic the industry was growing five times faster than the wider economy, contributing £111.7bn, employing over two million people • But 409,000 (one in five) creative jobs are projected to be lost • 122,000 permanent creative workers are set to be made redundant by the end of the year* •287,000 freelance roles are expected to be terminated by the end of 2020 • Theatre is projected to lose £3bn in revenue (61 per cent) and 26 per cent of permanent jobs (12,000) • A £1.57bn government support package was announced in July when 350,000 people in the recreation and leisure sector had been furloughed *Figures released before Rishi Sunak’s winter economic plan…

3 min.
the big list.

ONLINE EXHIBITION View the National Portrait Gallery’s lockdown photo project Whittled down to 100 images from more than 31,000 submissions, Hold Still presents a fascinating picture of a country trapped in a hitherto unimaginable moment in its history. Spearheaded by gallery patron the Duchess of Cambridge, it captures all from virtual birthday parties to claps for keyworkers and people dealing with illness, isolation and loss. npg.org.uk/hold-still PETITION Call on leaders to act now on Moria Camp refugees The biggest refugee camp in Europe, home to more than 12,000 people, has gone up in flames leaving many without shelter. Josie Naughton, co-founder of Help Refugees and Choose Love, has launched a petition calling on European leaders and the European Commission to treat this disaster as a turning point for how we treat desperate people, then implementing…

1 min.
why do we believe conspiracy theories?

The human mind can be a fallible thing. When people are in crisis it’s very easy to forget about things like confirmation bias and a lot of people are going quite far down a rabbit hole at the moment. It’s a bit scary. Why? It’s about power, feeling like you’re on the inside of something. But also it can be comforting to feel that there’s someone in control, even if that someone is a big, scary evil creature. Our survival as a species depends on our ability to recognise patterns and that has given us an advantage over creatures that couldn’t do that as easily. But it also makes us vulnerable. Things like ‘frequency illusion’, for example. If I show you 100 rumours about someone and you know, intellectually, that every single one of…