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The Big Issue 17-08-20

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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in this issue

1 min.
action is needed now roar for rora

Rishi Sunak didn’t run from reality. Last week it was revealed Britain’s economy had shrunk by a fifth as a result of Covid-19. “Hard times are here,” said the Chancellor of the Exchequer as the biggest recession on record bit. Sunak acknowledged that thousands of jobs had been lost and many more would follow. “I can assure people that nobody will be left without hope or opportunity,” he added. Former Tory Chancellor Kenneth Clarke argued for “targeted assistance, particularly in the job market”. It is a message that we at The Big Issue have been sounding since we launched RORA in July. And as the clouds gather, minds are concentrating. The need has not been greater for the Ride Our Recession Alliance. It is essential we safeguard futures by keeping people in their homes and…

4 min.
‘the lifting of the eviction ban has me terrified’

Every Londoner knows you make compromises when renting a flat. You assess whether you’re happy to walk that bit further from the station every day if the flat has adequate cupboards and decent water pressure. My current flat has a lot going for it. Located in zone one, it’s close to good local shops, with a library, gym, post office and GP surgery all nearby. There are excellent transport links. I can walk my dog in the beautiful park at the end of the road and the neighbours are reasonably quiet. On the downside, I haven’t had a working cooker since I moved in two-and-a-half years ago, the ancient fridge doesn’t keep food properly fresh, and the carpets are a rotting trip hazard that have caused a broken toe and a concussion…

2 min.
help us prevent homelessness

The time is now. The evictions ban in England is set to be liǽted on August 23. The Ride Out Recession Alliance is making one last push to change ministers’ minds to prevent a tidal wave of evictions as the financial fallout of the Covid-19 crisis continues. We know that it has been a tricky ask – Parliament has been on summer recess since July 22 – but we also know that the measures put in by the government have been the only protection from homelessness for thousands of people who have seen their income slashed by the pandemic. There has also been action in other parts of the UK, underlining the urgency of the situation. The Welsh Government had already announced that tenants will be given six months’ notice of eviction…

1 min.
the alliance

This week the Ride Out Recession Alliance welcomes backing from Cabinz CIC, a grassroots group encouraging the creative reuse of building materials to construct shelters and homes and to distribute fixtures, fixings and hardware to groups tackling Britain’s housing crisis. Paul Ridley, Cabinz CIC founder, said: “We want to join RORA, alongside our sister group the Shelter and Hardware Bank, to donate or distribute hardware and fixings at very low cost from our stock of six million-plus items. “These could be used to create jobs in conjunction with insulated panels to insulate or divide up properties to house homeless people or build vital standalone shelters. “We also bring 30 years of grassroots knowledge to encourage community material reuse, DIY workers and shelter builders to build their own insulated panels for shelters such as…

3 min.
the big list. easing out of lockdown

TV Rising Phoenix In the week that the Paralympics should have been flying off the blocks in Tokyo, Netflix presents a groundbreaking documentary looking at the history of the games and the crucial work they do to change global understanding of disability, diversity and human potential. Athletes from Bebe Vio to Ellie Cole, Jean-Baptiste Alaize, Matt Stutzman, Jonnie Peacock and Tatyana McFadden contribute to charting the Paralympics’ phoenix-like rise from the rubble of the Second World War to the third biggest sporting event on Earth. August 26; netflix.com BOOK NOW A festival of outdoor performing arts in North Devon There isn’t much of summer left so seize what you can with weekend of theatre, music and comedy by the coast in the grounds of the Landmark in Ilfracombe – the first post-lockdown production by West End theatre…

2 min.
big issue motors

HOW TO CHANGE A WHEEL Before moving to the UK when he was 16, Giovanni, 30, grew up with his head buried in an engine of some sort. “I used to work on Land Rovers, Bedfords, Ferguson tractors, old Lister engines, Cessna aeroplanes, combine harvesters, all sorts of stuff. Once you know one diesel engine you tend to know all of them. I’d love the smell of them too. I know that mechanics also tend not to get common colds so I think working on vehicles helps with the immune system too.” So who better to tell us how to look after our vehicles? Here’s how Gio says you should change a tyre: • If you need to change it then you should first put the handbrake on to make sure the car doesn’t…