The Big Issue 10/11/2021

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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in this issue

2 min
ex-vendor sean handed diplomatic reception

A poignant letter by former Big Issue vendor Sean McEvoy led to a remarkable meeting with the Argentinian government to boost diplomatic efforts following the Falklands War. RAF veteran Sean, who served in the conflict at the age of 23, wrote to the Argentinian embassy this year after laying a wreath at his local memorial in memory of people from both sides who lost their lives in the 1982 conflict. The 62-year-old former vendor met ambassador Javier Esteban Figueroa on September 28 for breakfast at the London embassy. “I have met a man who I happily regard as a new friend, a friend to Great Britain, a good man that I seriously enjoyed my time with and hopefully I can meet again,” said Sean. “Javier said that next year on the 40th anniversary of…

2 min
millions facing crisis this winter after universal credit cut, says big issue founder

As fuel and food bills soar and a million jobs are put at risk by the end of furlough, the government cut Universal Credit (UC) by £1,040 a year. It could mean the difference between “affording the rent or becoming homeless” for millions, according to Lord John Bird, founder of The Big Issue. Ignoring fierce opposition from across the political spectrum, the government reduced the benefit by £20 per week for around 5.5 million people on October 6. Payments were boosted at the start of the pandemic to support people but will now return to pre-Covid levels. The move could trigger a “mass homelessness crisis”, Lord Bird warned as he urged ministers to reverse the cut. Food bank workers warned of a surge in demand after the cut and Citizens Advice recorded a…

2 min
should employers make sure staff get home safe? this local council thinks so

A Scottish council has taken a stand on the safety of staff going home from work late at night, as debates around women’s safety are brought to the fore. The murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, two young women who were preyed upon while walking home late at night, have raised the issue of male violence to the point of national crisis. Yet many employers, particularly in hospitality, continue to require women to finish work late and then leave them to head home knowing full well they could be at risk of violence once they leave the premises. One Scottish council is pushing for change. Hospitality venues in East Dunbartonshire will now have to ensure their employees can safely travel to and from work late at night, or risk losing their licence. East…

3 min
why the end of furlough may not solve the jobs crisis

One million people may be facing an uncertain future as furlough ends, with many asking what next? Those whose jobs are made redundant face hunting for a new job, early retirement, switching to self-employment, or signing on to Universal Credit. It’s unclear how many of those who were on furlough will remain in their jobs, but 70 per cent of UK employers are expecting to make redundancies within the next year, the majority of which will likely take place in the coming months, according to research from Renovo Employment Group. This is good news – apparently – for the recruitment crisis that has seen job vacancies surging past one million, the most since records began in 2001. The hospitality sector has been particularly hit, with nearly one in 10 hospitality roles vacant, suggesting a…

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

Open champions I have just read issue 1481 and really appreciate how open many of the people in the issue are about their mental health. Like Simone Gill, I have bipolar and like Clive and Christopher Eccleston I have also suffered from episodes of psychosis. It is important that their stories are told so people have a better understanding of mental health, especially psychosis. For a while after my two episodes I was reluctant to tell people I had had psychosis due to many people’s perception that being psychotic means you are a danger to society. I was not in any way dangerous and neither, it seems, were Christopher Eccleston nor Clive. Psychosis is a terrifying experience and I was lucky I had a good local mental health team that helped me out…