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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 5/10/2021

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
$5.37(Incl. tax)
$70.02(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
crystal palace kick off cooking classes for homeless

The Super League fiasco may have dented football’s reputation across the UK in recent weeks – but Crystal Palace FC have cooked up an initiative that will restore your faith in big football clubs. Palace were not part of the six clubs that attempted to break away from the English football pyramid, but the South-West London outfit underlined their community links with the launch of a 12-week cooking course for people who are homeless in Croydon. The club’s charity Palace for Life Foundation and homelessness charity Evolve Housing + Support joined forces in April to kick off the socially distanced course teaching residents in Evolve’s supported housing service how to create nutritious meals. Two of Evolve’s homeless residents use their culinary experience to deliver the course, sharing basic cooking skills with other residents…

2 min
deprived areas could see 16k green jobs boost

The Big Issue’s look at the future of work in this week’s magazine has demonstrated the importance of green jobs. Last week think tank Green Alliance put into perspective just how much of a lifeline they could be for communities hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. Green Alliance’s research, conducted by WPI Economics, found 16,000 roles could be created in coastal restoration, tree planting and urban green spaces across 126 British communities struggling to recover from a decade of austerity and the pandemic. Sam Alvis, head of green renewal at Green Alliance, said: “The opportunity is there for the Chancellor to create a legacy of new high-quality jobs across Britain. Supporting innovation in these types of green jobs will put nature at the heart of the government’s levelling-up agenda and help local communities…

1 min
vendor barry’s death leaves ‘hole in our lives’

The Big Issue is saddened to announce the death of much-loved vendor Barry Harding. Barry, who sold magazine at the entrance to Shepherd’s Bush Central Line Tube station in West London, died on May 1 aged 64 following a battle with liver and pancreatic cancer. As well as selling the magazine, Barry acted as a franchisee for The Big Issue, helping distribute magazines to fellow vendors across London, and the news of his death has had an enormous impact on Big Issue staff and vendors. Lauren Heale, The Big Issue’s sales and operations manager in London, said: “Barry had a huge impact on me and us as a team. He will be leaving a giant hole in our lives. “He was such a kind man and it’s been an honour and a privilege getting…

1 min
supportyour local vendor

VENDORS Following a long lockdown vendors in England, Scotland and Wales are back out selling the magazine. Please continue to support them. SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SHOPS Since the first lockdown in March last year, we have supported our vendors with more than £1m of financial assistance to make up for lost sales. We still need your help to make sure we can continue to support them through uncertain times. HOW YOU CAN HELP 1. If your local vendor is selling The Big Issue, please buy from them. Vendors buy magazines for £1.50 and sell for £3, keeping the difference and working their way out of poverty. 2. If you cannot buy from a vendor, subscriptions to the magazine are available on a three, six or 12-month basis with a new edition delivered to your door each week.…

3 min
get in touch

Working 9 to 5 – or something else? @becka_r ‘Genuinely flexible work is not just about where you lay your laptop, but less rigidity around how and when you work, too’ – great piece by @BigIssue exploring what #flexibleworking truly means. There’s more on the future of work in this week’s special edition. For more from Laura Whateley and other experts, see our special run of features from page 12 @bigissue @LoveWavertree After reading @hannahjtw’s article on air pollution, we used addresspollution.org to get an air quality report for OUR Community Shop. We are just under WHO limits. @fabtic_ltd Enjoying last week’s Big Issue over breakfast before heading out to get the latest copy. Audibly squeaked when I spotted one of my tweets featured inside. Thank you @BigIssue, you have absolutely made my day. RE: HOME CLADDING SCANDAL [EDITJY’S…

2 min
and the winner is...

On the face of it, the list allows for a diverting game. And as the pubs reopen but the football ends, we’ll need something to talk about. So, would you rather bump into Sean Penn in Greggs or Je›f Bridges in the 24-hour garage? Meryl Streep in B&Q or Marion Cotillard in SKEA? Both looking at shelving. For their awards, obviously. The Westminster government’s list that allows fast-track residency for people who have won certain awards is really odd. There is an issue on the value placed on some awards. Oscars are quite the golden ticket. As are the theatre equivalent, the Tonys. But not all of them. The big glamorous Oscars, like actors and directors, are grand. But work in the technical, some would argue more essential realm, and there’s no air-conditioned…