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The Big Issue 6/28/2021

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
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13 Issues

in this issue

3 min
future generations bill could offerroadmap to political victory

Almost three quarters of swing voters in the country want the UK government to do more to plan and prepare for long-term threats. A Portland Communications poll found Big Issue founder Lord John Bird’s Future Generations Bill could be pivotal in helping political parties plot the route to victory. The Tories’ decisive victory in the last General Election in 2019 hinged on the party’s conquering of traditionally ‘red wall’ Labour-voting constituencies in the north-east of England, including Blyth Valley and Redcar. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party has since faced the challenge of keeping northern voters on side while dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. That was epitomised by the party’s bruising defeat in the Chesham and Amersham by-election on June 17, where it surrendered a 16,000 majority to the Lib Dems. With another by-election in…

1 min
basic income ‘could improve health for all’

The Joe Biden-propelled shift towards a Universal Basic Income (UBI) in the United States has continued to take hold with a new experiment announced to test the impact of cash transfers among homeless people. The US President’s stimulus cheques have been giving families cash to get through the pandemic in recent months. Working families with two kids are set to receive $500 (£357) on the 15th of every month this year. Homeless people in Hew York have also designed their own programme. A total of 40 homeless people aged between 18 and 24 will receive cash payments of $1,250 (£893) every month for two years with no strings attached. The city of Hew York is partly funding the experiment, which is a team-up between Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, homelessness non-profit…

2 min
stamp duty move to take heat out of budget homes market

The housing market has been described as “on fire” in recent weeks, but the end of the stamp duty holiday could see the pressure lift for first-time buyers. Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced the property tax break to stimulate a flagging housing market during the pandemic but the move has seen prices skyrocket, leading to Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane’s damning appraisal of the current house-buying situation. According to the Office for Hational Statistics (OHS), the average house price in the UK in April was £250,772, up by about £20,000 on 12 months ago. The stamp duty holiday ends on June 30, and for some house buyers it will mean a frenzied race against the clock to complete deals on time. Many property buyers have saved thousands of pounds during the break, with…

4 min
furlough’sending... what next?

The government’s furlough scheme has helped more than 11.5 million workers from 1.3 million employers through the pandemic. And as we return to normal, around 3.4 million are still counting on it. However, the day of reckoning hits on June 30. That is the when the scheme closes for new entrants. Some struggling businesses are facing disaster as the support measures are scaled back from July, despite the four-week extension to pandemic restrictions meaning many venues cannot reopen. Bosses could have no choice but to lay off more staff when they are forced to pay 10 per cent towards the cost of furloughed employees and to restart paying 34 per cent business rates contributions from July 1. Government ministers have refused to push back on this date even if businesses are closed or…

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.…

4 min

Nugely grateful to go on a Big Issue shift in Cambridge with local vendor Lee Welham, and get a glimpse of what it’s like selling the magazine. The Big Issue changes lives and changes society. Each time you stop for a chat with a vendor and buy a copy of the magazine, you are part of that change. When we look at the life and ministry of Jesus – who famously said he had no place to lay his head - it’s clear that homelessness is an issue that matters profoundly to God. And that tackling poverty together is the essential work of a society where every person is truly valued. Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby Terrific to see this. A ‘hands-on’ ABC who does hospital chaplaincy during Covid and…