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The Big Issue 8/30/2021

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

1 min
climate campaigners prepare cop26 ‘prize’ for banks funding fossil fuels

Environmentalists are tracking the cash invested in fossil fuels by three of the UK’s biggest banks ahead of COP26 in what has been dubbed the “race to disaster”. HSBC invested nearly £3.3bn into fossil fuels in the first half of 2021, according to environmental finance watchdog Market Forces. Barclays was close behind, funnelling more than £3.2bn into projects which put the global target of net-zero carbon emissions further out of reach, followed by Standard Chartered at almost £2.3bn. Sn the first UK initiative of its kind, the experts will monitor each bank’s investments month by month until the global climate conference is held in Glasgow this November. The banks “keep telling us they care about climate change, but every month they show how empty their words are by signing deals expanding the scale…

3 min
westminster holds back universal basic income trials

Devolved countries’ efforts to trial a Universal Basic Sncome to combat poverty are beginning to ramp up – but face a Westminster stumbling block. Both Scotland and Wales have signalled their attention to try out the idea, which sees everyone in society given a regular, unconditional payment to create a minimum income ›loor in a bid to tackle poverty and inequality. First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the Welsh government would trial the idea following his re-election in May and he addressed the world’s biggest UBI conference – the Basic Income Earth Network Congress – hosted in Glasgow in August. In his speech, Drakeford said that “there are limits to the powers we have”, meaning that the basic income trial will not be universal but instead target care leavers. This approach will allow young…

1 min
what is a universal basic income and where has it been trialled?

A Universal Basic Income is a regular payment that is given to everyone in society to create a minimum income ›loor. In its purest form, the money is distributed with no strings attached on how to spend it and the idea is meant to alleviate poverty, reduce inequality and the stigma associated with state handouts. While interest in running trials has increased in the UK in recent years, the idea remains untested in mass society. Nowever, Covid-19 has driven an increase in basic income-style trials. Both Spain and the United States have introduced a form of basic income in response to the pandemic. The Spanish government brought in a minimum vital income with cash payments to low-income households, while Joe Biden brought in stimulus checks when he was elected US president. The most extensive…

1 min
the big issue needs you to stop mass homelessness

As the end of the furlough scheme and the £20 increase in universal credit grows nearer, now is the time to act to prevent rising homelessness in the months ahead. The Big Issue’s Stop Mass Nomelessness campaign has gone from strength to strength in recent weeks, attracting the support of thousands who pledged to sign our petition and take our urgent cause into their local area as a Community Champion. How we are calling on you to ask your local leaders to throw their weight behind our campaign. The Big Issue wants you to email your nearest councillors to call for a motion to debate The Big Issue’s Stop Mass Nomelessness campaign at their next council meeting. It’s simple to ask your councillor to back our motion. Simply send them the email below. And…

1 min
dear councillor [insert name]

You are my local Councillor and I am getting in touch to ask if you will support The Big Issue’s #StopMassHomelessness campaign. This campaign is important to me because when Covid-19 laws put in place to prevent mass evictions and repossessions come to an end this October, more people will be at risk of homelessness. This will be made worse by the furlough scheme ending and because the universal credit uplift will be reversed. Electricity and gas prices are rising too. This is a perfect storm of conditions and I am worried that many local people will be made homeless. We need urgent action to stop local people being made homeless and a longterm plan to support every household. I am asking you, as my elected representative, to help me in two ways: 1. Sign and…

3 min
5 ways to volunteer with refugees in the uk

Last week’s Big Issue Refugee Special Edition brought a huge reaction from our readers, asking what they can do to help. The UK is set to welcome 5,000 refugees from Afghanistan in the next year, followed by another 15,000 people longer term. St means expert organisations will be even more in need of people to volunteer. There is already a population of around 132,000 refugees and 77,000 asylum seekers in the UK, according to the UN Refugee Agency, and they face significant obstacles as they try to build better, safer lives here. Many asylum seekers are pushed into destitution by the no recourse to public funds policy, which locks them out of most benefits and other kinds of state support, and many refugees struggle to find a secure home. Cash donations are hugely valuable…