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The Big Issue 8/23/2021

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
313,000 online views… and rising! marcus rashford shares clive’s gcse success

The heart-warming moment when Big Issue vendor Clive found out he had passed his GCSEs has now been watched more than 300,000 times online. The popular Plymouth seller’s ‘5’ grade in English language and maths was earned at the age of 58 after returning to education during lockdown. Clive turned his life around with The Big Issue after a difficult childhood led to addiction and homelessness as an adult. He has become a popular figure on his pitch outside Theatre Royal Plymouth, where he also takes part in acting classes and productions. Clive’s popularity peaked online on GCSE results day thanks to congratulations from footballer Marcus Rashford, who shared the video to his five million Twitter followers with the caption: “Love this. Congrats Clive.” The Big Issue has been inundated with messages of congratulations…

1 min
‘tricky autumn’ warning despite soaring vacancies

The jobs market has continued its booming Covid recovery with record-high vacancies, but experts urged caution and warned of a “tricky autumn” for workers in hospitality and those starting out on their career. The Office for Hational Statistics’ latest labour market figures, released last week, show single-month vacancy estimates and Adzuna online job adverts broke beyond one million for the first time, while the unemployment rate also fell from 4.9 per cent to 4.7 per cent. But a skills “mismatch” means that companies are struggling to find staff to fill roles, warned Matt Whittaker, chief executive of Pro Bono Economics, and there is a risk hospitality staff, young workers and those with low qualifications could miss out on the jobs market recovery. “The key thing here is a mismatch across the country 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. Sf 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. Sf 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.…

3 min

Landlord’s lookout John Bird’s articles and your campaign and online petition prompted me to write this email, even if I am writing from the wrong side. I am a micro landlord locally and like to deal with my tenants, most of whom are long-term, directly and not via an agent. Sn the past I have had tenants on benefits, but not now. A few years ago the local authority would pay the rent of assisted tenants directly to the landlord, but then the policy was changed, perhaps with the intention of making tenants more responsible. I had one tenant under the present regime and she fell into arrears, tried to catch up and fell back further. Eventually the position become hopeless and I instructed a solicitor to obtain possession. This would not have…

2 min
we need to welcome, not deter

This special refugee edition is not just a response to the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan. Though the terrors faced by so many there have focused minds on the necessity of welcoming people from some of the worst imaginable situations. The debate around refugees and those seeking asylum has been particularly pronounced this year. The current Westminster government has managed to turn up resentment towards those in need, while moralising about doing the right thing for voters in Britain. Home Secretary Priti Patel has been keen to “deter” refugees. She laid down why she wanted to encourage asylum seekers to stop at the first safe nation they encountered rather than carrying on their treacherous journey to the UK. The subtext is clear – those people are on the make. They could go somewhere…

4 min
signed and sealed: 70 years of refugee rights

On July 28, 1951, the UN Refugee Convention was signed by 145 member states at a special conference in Geneva. The treaty, which grew out of Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights three years earlier, defines the term 'refugee' and sets out the rights of refugees and the legal obligations of states to protect them. Initially the convention was limited to protecting refugees from European countries during the period between the end of the Second World War and 1951, but the subsequent 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees widened the scope of the agreement, giving protection to refugees from countries outside Europe and those whose migration was the result of events occurring after January 1, 1951. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention, seven refugees who…