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The Big Issue 8/9/2021

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
stars join our fight

Thanks to the hundreds more of you who have signed our petition to Itop Mass Nomelessness. The number is now well into the thousands! The pandemic has made the issue of homelessness bigger than ever. Right now there are 564,000 people in rent arrears, 190,000 owner-occupied homes in financial difficulty and 4.3 million people are behind on household bills. That’s why we’ve come up with a plan to prevent the immediate threat of tens of thousands losing their home: 01 Pay people’s rent and mortgages to keep them in their homes, plus any rent arrears that they may have accrued. 02 Support people financially until they are in work. 03 Provide jobs or training for people. This week, Hollywood superstar Benedict Cumberbatch commented on the campaign. “It’s like we’ve suspended the real impact of the lockdowns until…

2 min
almost half of prisoners were released into homelessness last year

More than 30,000 prisoners were released into unsettled accommodation between April 2020 and March 2021, according to the latest Ministry of Justice data. It represents almost half – 45 per cent – of all those who were released from prison during the period. And rehabilitation charity Switchback has called for an overhaul of the system that is described as setting up prisoners to fail. One ex-prisoner shared with The Big Issue his first-hand experience of the challenges he faced, saying he felt he would be better o›f staying in jail than dealing with the uncertainties of homelessness outside. On the eve of his release from prison in May last year, Jason* was anxious and unsettled. It was the start of his new life. But Jason, then 30, was about to move straight into homelessness.…

1 min
foodbanks: the summer’s ‘fourth emergency service’

Demand for foodbanks has soared since the start of the school holidays, The Big Sssue has learned, as families relying on free school meals during term time seek emergency support. One foodbank in Liverpool is providing more than 300 emergency parcels each week, well above what the team would normally expect even during the summer holidays. “It was an immediate jump in demand the week aǽter schools closed,” said Paul O’Brien, executive director of Micah Liverpool, a social justice charity offering food aid to the local community. The financial pressures on families mean the increased demand has become “the norm”, O’Brien told The Big Issue, and the number of families turning out for food aid since schools closed has increased so much that foodbank volunteers have started setting aside space for buggies and…

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
plymouth vendor clive’s pink plaque praise

Popular Big Issue vendor Clive and his pet dog Geezer have become tourist attractions in Plymouth after being honoured with a pink plaque on their pitch. The pair, who became a hit while selling the magazine outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth (TRP), received the tribute as part of a local council effort to celebrate the “people who make the Devon city great”. Both Clive and Geezer’s exploits with The Big Issue and on the theatre’s stage are honoured on the plaque, which reads: “Clive sold his first Big Issue outside TRP on 8th August 2016. He first appeared in The Drum with ‘Geezer’ having a walk-on part 4th-6th July 2019.” Clive, 58, told The Big Issue: “It’s quite amazing! That’s the brilliant thing about selling The Big Issue outside the theatre, you never…

1 min
get in touch

letters@bigissue.com @bigissue /bigissueUK @bigissueuk Driving the point home I’m surprised you don’t see the irony of printing an article about the Grand Tour team (Jeremy Clarkson et al) [Hills, Glen and Caddys, July 26] who’ve probably made quite a contribution to damage to our environment with their promotion of car use which was followed immediately by an item by nature writer Stephen Rutt on how we are a part of nature and not separate from it!! Alison Johnston Wheely good idea As there are more and more incentives for drivers to scrap polluting cars and vans, would it not be possible to create a “Car City” in each place where there are rough sleepers? Old cars could be slightly modified to provide a dry and secure “pod” for rough sleepers to use temporarily. Hot wonderful but better than…