The Big Issue 10/4/2021

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.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
big issue’s dummy run through coventry city of culture

The Big Issue will be popping up throughout Coventry’s UK City of Culture celebrations in October – thanks to Homer the mannequin. The quirky art project will see the life-sized dummy decorated with laminated real-life stories of Big Issue vendors from around the Midlands as well as paintings, poems and customers’ appreciations of their local seller. The mannequin’s run across Coventry is part of the week-long HOME Festival, a celebration of arts and homelessness projects that kicks off on Saturday October 9. “Homer came to life as a result of Big Issue vendors’ ideas and contributions,” said The Big Issue’s Gabi Sima. “Not every vendor that contributed to this project is an artist but vendors’ stories are all together a work of art. Homer captures vendors, stories, poems and paintings of people longing…

2 min
will the uk learn from biden’s radical plan to end homelessness?

Boris Johnson may have left his first White House visit empty-handed in trade terms but his trip to Washington DC need not be a wasted one – he could always look to Joe Biden’s long-term plan to tackle homelessness. The US president unveiled his House America initiative last month – asking leaders in city, county, state and tribal governments to pledge to reduce homelessness. In return they will receive support from the federal government to provide permanent housing for rough sleepers as well as more affordable homes for people to prevent others losing theirs. The president is also championing Housing First – a model that sees rough sleepers given a home alongside support, which is widely tipped to have a big impact in tackling street homelessness. “The Biden administration is launching House America,…

2 min
the big issue launches breakthrough – a new talent lab for young people planning a career in the media

At The Big Issue we’re delighted to announce the launch of a brand new talent lab for young people who face barriers to accessing careers in the media. Housed within our award-winning media business, Breakthrough is a youth-led unit feeding into our digital expansion. It will offer opportunities to talented 18 to 24-year-olds from underrepresented and less privileged backgrounds who are passionate about a career in the media industry. Working with the DWP’s Kickstart scheme, there are four places, based in London. The scheme will offer training across all aspects of journalism including digital, social, video, audio, design and writing. The recruits will create content for and contribute to The Big Issue magazine, tackling themes such as homelessness, diversity and climate change. “Stakes were high enough pre-pandemic for young people who didn’t have connections…

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.…

4 min
get in touch

Lessons to be learned Another great issue. I think it’s a great idea to add to the A-level curriculum or maybe younger students. The brilliant and heartbreaking film I, Daniel Blake should be shown to students. It blew me away at how life can change so quickly. I love what The Big Issues does. My seller at the Co-op, Westgate-on-Sea is always a pleasure to talk to. Sarah Brick A satisfied customer Many congratulations on reaching 30 years of The Big Issue. I enjoy reading the articles and the success stories of the vendors. I also do your crosswords and have been successful twice, winning a book token and a Chalmers dictionary. I used to buy the magazine occasionally when I was in Perth but during lockdown this happened less often. My vendor was outside Markies…

3 min
counting the cost of brexit bluster

It’s not exactly Convoy. For Kris Kristofferson it was all CBs, staying one step ahead of the law, brawling, being a bit lusty and leading a long line of trucks across a desert to the Mexico border. Forgive the ancient reference. That film made quite an impression. The reality is a bit different. HGV driving is long, long hours on low wages, hard miles away from family, packed roads and fears about personal security while parked up. There is little talk of Rubber Duck and Ali McGraw. We know that many EU-based drivers left when Brexit hit and made it impossible for them to work in the UK. And now we’re all paying the price, with empty petrol pumps and dwindling supplies in shops. The call for the army to step in – whether to drive…