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The Big Issue 5/31/2021

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
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13 Issues

in this issue

5 min
covid rent debt fund ‘will keep people in homes’

The coming weeks could bring a “tsunami” of evictions, heading towards a summer spike in homelessness. This is the warning from housing and debt charities, as arrears mount for the hundreds of thousands of tenants struggling to pay their rent as a consequence of Covid. While many of those with mortgages took advantage of payment holidays offered by banks during the pandemic, only a tiny fraction of renters – three per cent – successfully negotiated a reduction on their rent after Covid struck, research by the Resolution Foundation from earlier this year revealed. Hearly half a million private renters, a number that has doubled since the start of the pandemic, have fallen behind on their rent, according to debt charity StepChange. They add that a third of private sector tenants having seen…

1 min
evictions in scotland, wales and northern ireland

Housing is a devolved issue, so the rules on eviction vary across the UK. In Scotland the eviction ban is still in place for those in tier three and four areas until September 30, though it may be reviewed and lifted sooner. Tenants usually need to be given six months’ notice for eviction. In Wales, the bailiff eviction ban continues until the end of June, similarly, tenants get six months’ notice. There is no eviction ban in Horthern Ireland, and just 12 weeks’ notice for eviction, until the end of September. There is information about your rights, and what landlords can or can’t demand, for all countries of the UK, at shelter.org.uk…

4 min
it’s time to enshrine the right to housing in law

Once the eviction ban is lifted in England at the end of May, charity Shelter has predicted that nearly a quarter of a million renters will be at immediate risk of homelessness. This will only add to the estimated 20,000 people who are already street homeless, as well as the 130,000 legally homeless children across the country, currently residing in temporary accommodation. For most of the renters Shelter is warning about, the offence in question is rent arrears accrued during the pandemic. The alacrity with which landlords evict tenants is a daunting prospect for many. Of the just under five million households who now privately rent their properties, 500,000 people have fallen short on rent payments over the past year. The lack of available affordable housing is a key determinant here, but the rates…

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.…

1 min
for pet’s sake

@wolfwinkle Extremely proud to have featured on the front page of this week’s Big Issue! Liz Neville Brilliant! But those boots are too well drawn. You need to get worserer at drawing. Helen Sheard FABULOUS! Utterly deserved accolade... and I bet it’ll also boost the sales of that splendid magazine! Yvonne Rigby Congratulations! Brilliant cover for an important magazine. You even gave the dog a spare leg for the occasion. Janet Diesnis Who else checked to see if the boots were on the right feet? Well done for the cover! letters@bigissue.com…

3 min

Hail Dave! Dave Martin [Vendor Expert, April 26] has done so well – it must have been so difficult when “he tried his best to fill the long days” but the online art college class and the studio seem to have been very successful. Good for Dave, and good for the trusty customers who support him. Personal stories like this are so good to read. Juliet Chaplin, Cheam, Sutton Sax appeal Thank you for the article about Shabaka Hutchings [May 10]. I admit we were watching the streamed concert from the Barbican mainly because of the two Copland pieces, and because my son was conducting – but Hutchings’ improvisation with an extended demo of circular breathing was electrifying. The Barbican seems to have removed the video from its site, but if it appears again,…