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The Big Issue 9/6/2021

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

3 min
ahoy! vendors set sail on their great voyage

It was all hands on deck for four Big Issue vendors who swapped their pitches to try their hand at sailing on a voyage to the Isle of Wight. Intrepid Bath sellers James Heaton, 46, Tate Atlas, 27, and 55-year-old Dean Hoy plus John ‘Tip’ Daniels, 42, who sells in Devizes, made up the crew on the sail to Portsmouth with sailing charity Tall Ships Youth Trust on August 21. The team-up is part of The Big Issue’s drive to help vendors pick up skills and try new experiences. It was the second time Heaton, who sells the magazine outside Waterstones in Bath, had the chance to work on a vessel after taking part in a four-day voyage to France in 2019. “It’s the best day I’ve had this year and I’ve actually had…

2 min
one in three children in poverty could go hungry this school term

One million children living in poverty returning to school aǽter the summer break will miss out on free school meals this term, child poverty campaigners have warned. Strict eligibility rules are locking almost one-third of disadvantaged kids out of the state-funded meals, according to Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Covid Realities, with experts dubbing the proportion of children affected “an outrage”. Around 42 per cent of children from low- income backgrounds in Wales do not qualify for free school meals, the study showed, the highest proportion in the UK. England follows closely behind at 37 per cent, while 22 per cent of poorer children in Northern Ireland and 17 per cent in Scotland do not get free lunches. Free school meals are given to families on a range of benefits and those on…

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
ye: the 97-yeay-jld hjljcaust suyvivjy add tiktjk stay [august 30]

Lily Ebert is an amazing, strong, survivor of the Holocaust. She is a fighter and her story should never be forgotten. Good for you, Lily, and your lovely great-grandson for using social media to get people to listen and never forget. Truly heroic. Lorraine Chaudhry This brought tears to my eyes. Just beautiful. Liz Martin It’s so important her story is heard to help prevent history repeating itself. Andrew Webster @ChristiTerrana I absolutely adore Lily and Dov. It is so wonderful that she is sharing her nightmare so we can understand and never forget. I can’t wait to read her book and share her story because she honours all who were lost.…

3 min
get in touch

letters@bigissue.com Thank you from Tom I was recently diagnosed with a heart condition and have only, in the past couple of weeks, been venturing out to try walking short distances without being breathless. On Monday, I was in Glasgow city centre with my wife. We split up to do separate shops and agreed to meet back outside Marks & Spencer on Argyle Street. Monday was a very hot day, and I had walked a bit more than I had intended. When I got back to Marks & Spencer I was tired from over-exertion and the heat. I sat down on one of the posts outside the store to wait on my wife turning up. That was when I was approached by a young lad selling The Big Issue, asking if I wanted a copy.…

2 min
a fresh view of a better nation

Each year we invite stars of the art world to take over an edition of The Big Issue. They bring a wholly different perspective. They encourage us to view the world differently. Frequently the artists bring friends and associates to tackle a theme. The results have always been fascinating. This time round, James Golding and Mike Snelle, The Connor Brothers, approach from a different angle. They look at where Britain is just now. Post-Brexit, post-Covid, in a time of identity politics, uncertain futures for many and what feels like closing borders, they offer a different view of a potentially better nation. They bring together art they have been creating that focuses on fascinating emerging and established names across sport, culture, campaigning and social change. It’s a glorious collection that you’re not going…