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The Big Issue 5/17/2021

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

1 min
renters whip up ‘eviction ice cream’ protest

Fed-up renters gave their letting agent an frosty reception last week by handing out ‘eviction ice creams’ outside the firm’s office. Glasgow couple Harry Schone and Ieva Grigelionyte created three home-made ice cream flavours themed around issues in their flat, and named them Leaking Ceiling, Damp Wall and Black Mould after a two-year dispute with agents 1st Lets. The Pollokshields pair handed out scoops of the ice cream outside 1st Lets’ Glasgow office in protest over repairs to their rented flat. Harry, 30, told The Big Issue the couple joined Scottish tenants’ union Living Rent after they were forced to stay in the flat to constantly change overflowing buckets due to leaks and found black mould growing on their clothes. The pair were also served an eviction notice during the pandemic after the…

3 min
final insult to students after a year of disappointment

With Covid closing campuses and teaching moving from lecture theatres to video calls, students paying £9,000 tuition fees and forking out for flats while staying at home have been taking on university bosses throughout the pandemic. Rent strikes and building occupations have been the tactic of choice for students to vent their frustration at a university experience that has not lived up to the price tag. As the academic year ends and students face exams, the long-running disputes are coming to a head across the country. The results could have a long-term impact on students that goes beyond their university stay. Hostilities escalated at the University of Bristol last week as student rent strikers were hit with emails alerting them that their rent debts would be passed on to third-party debt collection firm…

1 min
charity shop revolution heads online

As Covid-19 restrictions relax, charity shops have reopened their doors to a surge of donations as Brits donate pre-loved tat accumulated during lockdown. Srish social enterprise Thriftify has launched in the UK to give charity shops an online marketplace and let shoppers browse books, music, games, gifts and accessories and give charity shops hit by Covid closures a boost. Thriftify brings together stock from charities Oxfam, St Vincent De Paul, Sue Ryder and Wessex Cancer Trust for the first time. The online store also integrates eBay, Google Shopping, Facebook Marketplace and Amazon to let the charities “access millions of shoppers across the world”. Founder Rónán Ó Dálaigh said: “Fashion is the second most polluting industry after oil but thankfully, consumers are becoming aware of the damaging effects of ‘fast fashion’ on our planet…

1 min
we need your vote!

The Big Issue is proud to have been nominated for five industry awards by the Professional Publisher’s Association. We’re up for the PPA’s Best Response to Covid-19 Award, Editor of the Year, Campaign of the Year and Innovation of the Year awards. Also in the running is our edition with Marcus Rashford from December for Front Cover of the Year. And we need your help! The good news is that the winner is picked by the public so you can vote for us. And the even better news is you can vote daily! Visit ppacoveroftheyear.co.uk…

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

YE: IAD WYIGHT [CAY 3] Wright stuff @wrightyo›ficial @bigissueuk #HomeTruths Nick Slater Really moving programme. So much respect to Ian Wright for laying himself so open like this to help others. Love how Mr Pigden took him under his wing. Power of good teachers. Sue Holt Thank goodness for inspirational teachers. This to me is really what teaching should be about. Hot just the academic side but belief, encouragement and guidance. I always liked Ian Wright as a player for Arsenal, great personality as well as a great footballer. Thank you for sharing your story and hope this can inspire others who have been through the same kind of childhood situation. @john.telling I am Spurs but since you became a pundit I have found you honest, passionate, knowledgeable and funny. You were probably those things as a player but…