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The Big Issue 6/21/2021

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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
$5.46(Incl. tax)
$71.20(Incl. tax)
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
peers get first chance to debate future generations bill

Big Sssue founder Lord John Bird’s bid to bring long-term thinking to Westminster takes its next step towards becoming law this week with a second reading in the Nouse of Lords. The Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill aims to give public bodies and government departments wellbeing targets to protect future generations and tackle long-term issues like climate change and poverty. If passed unamended, the Bill will set up a Future Generations Commission to assess progress and ensure long-term thinking is incorporated into decisions. Peers will get their first chance to debate the Bill on Friday June 25. It is making quick progress through the Lords after receiving the first pick on the Private Member’s Bill ballot, which determines priority status for the limited debating time in the House. The second reading quickly…

2 min
the people’s podium could be coming to a town near you

If Boris Johnson’s Downing Street announcement delaying ‘Freedom Day’ last week raised your ire, campaigners are giving Brits around the country the chance to step up to the lectern to see if they can do better. The People’s Podium is touring UK town centres and giving locals the chance to show what they would do if they led the now-familiar Covid-19 briefings – but rather than updating restrictions and case figures, they have been given the opportunity to speak about their big issues. Following a pilot in Tower Hamlets, London, the People’s Podium has been on tour in Leicester, Margate and Redcar – and locals jumped at the opportunity to take to the podium. Speakers included an Extinction Rebellion activist, a mental health worker, a non-binary teenager, a drag artist, an HSV…

1 min
first london detox unit for homeless opens doors

A new dedicated detox unit for people who are homeless opened its doors in London last week as healthcare professionals, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and central government joined forces to “plug a known gap in treatment facilities”. Almost two in five homeless deaths across the UK in 2019 were related to drug poisoning, according to official figures, with the average age just 46 for men and 43 for women. The new detox unit brings a joined-up approach to combatting the issues behind those figures and offering people a path out of homelessness for good. The Addiction Clinical Care Suite opened at St Thomas’ Hospital in Lambeth, South London, on June 14 to help people take their first steps on a journey away from drug and alcohol addiction. A team of psychiatrists and psychologists…

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. Visit…

3 min

GET IN TOUCH letters@bigissue.com @bigissue /bigissueUK @bigissueuk YE: FYJC CAGGIE TJ CAYCUS – A HISTJYY JF SCHJJL DIDDEYS [CJVEY FEATUYE, JUDE 7] @homefinderuk For 50 years the food on pupils’ lunch plates has been fought over by politicians, parents and even celebrities. @BigIssue trace the history of this political hot potato and ask if we’re finally on the right track. @HLTApoet We bought a copy of the @BigIssue today. @MarcusRashford was on the front cover and the guy we bought it from told us Marcus was his hero. @JoeEnigma It was never just about free school meals. @katiedaviesPH Having people like @MarcusRashford is fantastic, evidence of the benefits is clear, reduced absenteeism, improved attention span, but are parents/carers convinced school meals are healthy? YE: CLADDIDG [TYUTH, JUSTICE ADD SAFE HJCES FJY THE FUTUYE, JUDE 7] @Russboy11 Hearing stories like this can only make you weep. When…

4 min
need new thinking, shaken not stirred

At the turn of the year I allowed myself to get a little lost. I became obsessed with a book called When We Cease To Understand The World. I read it in a fever and then went back and read it again. I told everybody who came within a mile of me to read it. I’m still diving back into sections of it. I still do not understand it. It’s a book by Benjamín Labatut, Dutch-born but now resident in Chile. This fact in his biography kept being repeated when people wrote about the book; such was my growing obsession that I wondered if it was a key part of the narrative that I needed to decipher. Or maybe he just likes Chile. The book is, ostensibly, about quantum physics. Though that’s…