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The Big Issue 15-04-19

The Big Issue is a UK-based street paper that supports the homeless, the vulnerably housed and those seeking to escape poverty. Vendors normally buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell to the public for £2.50. We are using Zinio digital editions to create additonal revenue opportunities to fund our street-based and pastoral care services for our vendors. We are a social enterprise company and all revenues go to support the vulnerable communities we serve. Our goal is to move our vendors away from dependency and towards full time employment

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the big list.

01 Cut through the Brexit noise to hear the bigger issues Alex Tiffin is no stranger to The Big Issue – last year we covered his collaboration with actor Hugh Grant to challenge people to give to foodbanks. Now, the Universal Credit blogger has taken his first tentative steps into the world of podcasting. The first episode of Also In The News takes an in-depth look into in-work poverty, Universal Credit and PIP payment changes. All issues that are being drowned out by Brexit. It’s rough around the edges but well worth tuning in now. watchalso-in-the-news-episode-1/ 02 Don’t miss… The Specials 2-Tone legends and recent Big Issue cover stars The Specials hit the road in support of the excellent Encore, their first album of originals in 21 years and their first new material…

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this week we asked you...

A public health emergency was declared in New York over measles, while cases in Europe have tripled. Anti-vaccination campaigns by parents are being blamed. Should the state intervene? Refusal of vaccines ought to be treated the same as refusal to use car seats for children. Huggy Badger, Facebook State should definitely intervene – not sure why you would leave ignorant people at risk: at least increase education about the good of vaccines and the science behind them. Jamie Everett, Facebook Speaking as someone with an auto-immune condition, some state intervention would be bloody lovely. Jasmine Angel Woods, Facebook It’s antisemitism in action. Many of the parents who choose not to vaccinate are orthodox Jews. Vaccines are not magical and offer little protection and severe potential damage. Helen Wood, Facebook Good job anti-vaxxers. Fucking wannabe hipster idiots. You know nothing.…

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Rooting for Rutger This is my first letter to The Big Issue, I’ve been a regular reader for many years, and I was taken with the Rutger Bregman interview [April 1-7]. I am claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, have done for two-three years. I was initially started on Employment and Support Allowance – I gave up my job as a bank mental health nurse due to a long-term relationship breakdown. My father passed away in the same week. Life was barely manageable for me and my teenage daughter. My treatment at the job centre was at times horrendous. I was in such a horrible place, suffering panic attacks, depression, feeling suicidal. I felt I had no control over my life. I struggled to get there and fake being OK. I’d see my work coach and…

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@ismesarahjane If any companies are looking for a personable, cheery and friendly sales person, the guy who sells @BigIssue outside Elephant & Castle Tube is a delight. I look forward to saying hello each morning. @Tinajames21 Anyone in #Norwich please pop along and pick up a @BigIssue. For those that don’t know, my hubby left this world six weeks ago, he would always buy and chat to a Big Issue seller, please do the same in memory of him #Nobby. Thank you @SiobhanHRSheri Love that Westminster Tube have picked up on @BigIssue Paul’s wisdom that you all loved so much on my feed last week and shared it on their quote board! He’s delighted this morning, thanks to all those of you who appreciated his thoughts!…

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education. education. education. now.

I know you’re all drawing breath finally. The Brexit fog has cleared, for now. And you’d like to kick back, relax, get obsessed by Line of Duty, maybe eat some early Easter eggs. Tough. I’m here to rain on your relaxing, sunny parade. As the fog clears, we can see the issues that have been obscured. Let’s start with schools. Last week, schools in Wales announced plans to close early on a Friday. Neyland Community School in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire said that from September, they’d shut at 12.25pm on Fridays rather than 3.20pm. This, they said, was because at that point in the week, “pupils often suffer from a greater lack of attention”. And in a piece of classic doublespeak, they added they hoped that closing the school early, thereby preventing lessons, would…

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emotional tributes to ‘one in a million’ vendor stevie

Customers have rallied to pay a touching tribute to much-loved Big Issue vendor Stevie after his sudden death. The 49-year-old, who sold the magazine outside Costa in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, for 18 months after also selling it in Glasgow, was found dead in his B&B on April 6. The news of his death inspired an outpouring of emotion from the local community, with tributes left on his pitch, while customer Susan Bittker penned a heartfelt letter on behalf of Stevie’s customers. She wrote: “The sudden death of Steven (also known as Stevie or Stef to his friends) has left Stockbridge residents shocked and bereft. “Steven was very much a part of the Stockbridge community: he worked really hard at the job he loved – selling The Big Issue – and made a big impression because…