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The Big Issue 7/5/2021

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
street cat bob to get a statue

A statue celebrating the life and legacy of Street Cat Bob will be unveiled on Islington Green in London next week. When Bob passed away last June, his loyal human companion James Bowen and millions of fans worldwide were left heartbroken. How Bob will be immortalised just a stone’s throw from their old pitch at Angel Underground station, in front of the Waterstones bookshop where James first wrote down their uplifting story of love, loyalty, hope and redemption. The incredible tale of how James found Bob injured and abandoned in 2007 quickly became a bestseller. James took care of the young cat, who in turn gave him a reason to get up each morning. The pair became inseparable while James sold The Big Issue and busked on the streets of London, The series…

1 min
future generations bill returns to the house of lords

Peers debated Lord John Bird’s Future Generations Bill in the House of Lords for the first time as the draft legislation was given a second reading. The Big Issue founder’s Private Member’s Bill aims to shake up decision-making in Westminster, bringing long-term thinking to issues such as poverty and climate change by introducing targets that consider the impact of choices on generations to come. Opening the debate, Lord Bird said: “I want this bill to be about the future today, I don’t want the future to be continually put off.” The bill received the backing of peers from across the political spectrum. Former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett was among the bill’s supporters. He told the chamber that “avoiding the tragedy of mistakes of the past involves us examining what we’re doing…

1 min
the big issue wins big!

The Big Issue has picked up an unprecedented four major awards at the biggest night of the British publishing industry’s year. It was the massive Covid-related changes we implemented to keep going, and to keep supporting our hundreds of vendors, that saw us scoop the quartet of gongs at the (Professional Publisher’s Association) PPA Awards. We won for Best Response to Covid-19 Award, Campaign of the Year, Team of the Year and Innovation of the Year. Judges praised The Big Issue for being “able to pivot every single aspect of its business very quickly. Even without taking into consideration the positive social impact of this brand, this entry stood out as an impressive example of agile digital transformation, undertaken at short notice, with very little prior experience of this in the business,…

2 min
hygiene poverty has spiralled in the pandemic

For the UK’s second annual National Hygiene Week The Big Issue has teamed up with The Hygiene Bank to help raise awareness and donations for the charity’s 2021 campaign. Set up in 2018 by Big Issue Changemaker Lizzy Hall, after she was so moved by watching the depictions of a mum who couldn’t afford hygiene products in Ken Loach movie I, Daniel Blake , demand for help from The Hygiene Bank has accelerated rapidly because of the pandemic. In 2020 it distributed £3.5m worth of products – seven times more than in 2019 – ranging from shampoo, soap and toothbrushes to laundry detergent and household cleaning items. In three years since its inception more than 657,000kg of products have been donated, collected, sorted and distributed to more than 2,000 community partners, including schools,…

1 min
support your 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
good luck sean!

Readers send their best wishes to Exeter vendor Sean McAvoy, a RAF veteran who used to go on search and rescue missions, who is now moving on to two new jobs thanks in part to his time selling The Big Issue [My Pitch, June 21]. What a brilliant, heart-warming tale. Good luck sir. I may have to subscribe again as the vendors round my way (Cleethorpes) seem few and far between. Or maybe I just need to get out more! Kris Thain Wishing Sean every success and happiness in his new jobs. You deserve it, sir! Janet Davies Lovely to read a good-news story. I’ve often thought Big Issue sellers who engage with the public have a lot to offer. Lisa Malyon Draws What an amazing story, good luck with the next stage of your journey! Sue Pavey Hope…