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The Big Issue 9/13/2021

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
homeless football returns with all-byitish contest

It will be 777 days since the last time a ball was kicked at the Homeless World Cup when the inaugural Four Nations Challenge Cup kicks off in Edinburgh next weekend. Since the 2019 tournament at Cardiff’s Bute Park proved a Michael Sheen-powered success, Covid-19 has blown the final whistle on the annual Homeless World Cup tournament with plans to play in Tampere, Finland, put on ice. Players with experience of homelessness will have the chance to taste tournament football once more at Mound Precinct in Edinburgh, when men and women’s teams from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete on September 18 and 19. A performance from Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – a band made up of crime writers including Val McDermid and Mark Billingham – will accompany the two-day round-robin tournament. “The…

2 min
scotland stands up for future generations

Big Issue founder Lord John Bird has warned England risks being the “odd one out” if it does not back his Future Generations Bill after Scotland followed Wales in moving to banish short-termism in politics. Lord Bird launched the first UK-wide Future Generations Commission last week as part of his campaign to bring a Future Generations Bill to Westminster to ensure decisions made in the present consider the impact on people in the future. Wales has already introduced the legislation to tackle long-term issues such as poverty and climate change while Scotland’s First Minister Hicola Sturgeon laid out her intention to appoint a future generations commissioner at last week’s Programme for Government. Sturgeon said the Scottish government will “consider a new approach to ensuring the interests of future generations are taken into account…

1 min
big issue mourns ‘leicester landmark’ sean irish

Leicester is mourning the loss of much-loved Big Issue vendor Sean Irish, the long-time seller who was a “landmark” in the city. The 54-year-old became a familiar sight on Leicester High Street during the 13 years he sold the magazine and was known for his “cheeky demeanour and charisma”. He died on July 31 after suffering from cirrhosis of the liver. Big Issue staff have paid tribute to Sean, recalling how he would sell more than 5,000 magazines a year before the pandemic and was so committed to the job that he would never miss a day on his pitch. Shane Ludlam, a sales and outreach worker in Leicester, spoke at Sean’s funeral about the big part The Big Issue played in the vendor’s life. “He survived on selling The Big Issue seven…

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. SUBSCYIVTIJDS AND SHOPS Since the frst lockdown in March last year, we have supported our vendors with more than £1m of fnancial 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.…

2 min
get in touch

Wherefore art thou? @Eddie_G0EHV Young Shakespeare looking for inspiration for new storyline from latest @BigIssue letters@bigissue.com Change, not charity I was surprised that you published the suggestion from William Duley [Platform, August 30] that we donate additional money to people selling The Big Issue. They are vendors, not beggars, and it is demeaning and patronising to give them charity. As someone who has been buying The Big Issue since 1992, I have always made a point of asking for my change – as the manifesto states “A hand up… Hot a handout.” If you want to make a charitable gesture, then do it in another way. S Bradley YE: YEFUGEE SVECIAL [AUGUST 23] Migrant voices I highly commend you on bringing out the special issue of Big Issue on the subject of refugees, asylum seekers and the…

3 min
dom, do the tories really care?

Dominic Cummings is a gas. Remember Dom? The frequently angry-looking fellow in an ill-fitting shirt. Liked driving around the north east then sitting behind a trellis table in a garden talking about it. Became seen as the Machiavellian puppet master and enforcer for a PM who couldn’t be bothered. Or at least a PM who liked to make it look like he couldn’t be bothered. Cummings was the epitome of a by-all-means-necessary administration. He could be relied on to be a shield or a policy changemaker. To many, he was the de facto leader. Not sure where that Dom has gone because he’s been replaced, on Twitter at least, by a very different beast. This Dom comes on like a young blogging tyro gunning for a birth on Novara Media. “Tell your friends,”…