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The Big Issue 05-10-20

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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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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
time to dig in

Our Ride Out Recession Alliance is gathering pace among leading economists and political heavyweights. This week, former Prime Minister and Chancellor Gordon Brown adds his support to RORA as he highlights the moves his own coalition is making to ensure that there is a safety net for those facing unemployment as collateral damage in the imminent post-pandemic economic catastrophe. Our goals are closely aligned and we will work together in the coming weeks and months. But alongside high-profile professionals whose experience is invaluable in mapping a way out of the crisis, we are actively seeking to hear the voice of the public, from our readers, and anyone who has ideas for how we can ameliorate the effects of the recession, and cushion the blow to people across the UK. Innovative, creative suggestions for…

5 min.
‘the best route out of both poverty and homelessness is a job. to fight to save and create jobs is our mission’

Coronavirus must not lead to a new homeless generation. For 20 years The Big Issue, governments and community groups have worked to end rough sleeping, and when investment was made and determination demonstrated we proved that we could make a difference. Now we face a new challenge. The ban on evictions, which should not have been lifted, has come to an end. Shelter estimate 250,000 people have fallen into arrears since the start of the year without any long-term government housing plan in place to protect them. Add to them the 174,000 whom Shelter say are now on notice of possible eviction and then consider the one million already on the register for social housing and it is clear that we need a new generation of social housing to prevent another…

2 min.
your ideas to build back better

Our Ride Out Recession Alliance is uniting titans of the business world, the homelessness sector and campaigning to protect jobs and prevent homelessness as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bite. Unilever, Generation Rent and Shelter are among the partners who have joined our campaign in the search for vital solutions to the growing challenges facing the jobs market and the wider economy. But we also need your ideas too, bringing everyone’s skills, specialisms and perspectives together to ensure no one gets leǽt behind. We have already had plenty of ideas but keep them coming! Here, Ray and James dig in to plans to help people get back into work. Having been interested in history and archaeology for most of my life, I have been involved, as a volunteer, in many…

3 min.
your essential guide to the week

RADIO John Lennon remembered at 80 It’s a family affair as Sean Ono Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, presents a two-part portrait of The Beatles legend for BBC Radio 2, broadcast in the week that would have been his 80th birthday. For the first time Sean will talk publicly about his dad with his songwriting partner, Paul McCartney, as well as his godfather, Elton John. Perhaps most movingly of all, and in another first, John Lennon’s two sons, Sean and Julian Lennon, will reminisce together about their father and the influence he had on them both – as well as upon the world. Available on BBC Sounds now PETITION End Fuel Poverty before winter Many people across Britain are forced to choose between eating and heating during the cold months. The End…

2 min.
how to grow herbs in winter

GO TO POT At this time of year, with a bit of pre-planning, you might have some plants already out that can be potted for the winter. You could still lift some plants out of the ground to put in pots – whether that is kale or broccoli or other brassicas – to use as and when. HIT THE HERBS If you haven’t pre-planned, do not worry. There are still options for growing indoors through the winter that you can start now. Herbs like oregano, sage, mint, rosemary, basil, dill and parsley can be sown and grown on your kitchen window sill. And if you have anything growing outside, I would also recommend bringing in one or two herbs in pots to keep you going through the winter. Don’t flood them with water,…

1 min.
support your local vendor

VENDORS Restrictions on movement are changing week to week, area to area. Our staff are working closely with 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 on an ongoing basis. This is a tough time, so please if you can, support your local vendor by buying The Big Issue from them each 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…