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The Big Issue 13-05-19

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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Dennis Publishing UK
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the big list.

01 Get all 209 female MPs’ portraits in a limited-edition book Following their exhibition in Parliament last December to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, the 209 portraits of all current female MPs (including Rotherham member Sarah Champion, left) each captured by a different female photographer – among them The Big Issue’s Louise Haywood-Schiefer – have been collected in a limited-edition hardcover book. Featuring a foreword by women’s rights activists and writer Helen Pankhurst, it’s on sale via Kickstarter. kickstarter.com/projects/209women/209-women 02 Back the Tiny Changes charity for Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison To mark the first anniversary of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison’s suicide, his family – including his brother and bandmate Grant – have announced the foundation of a charity in his honour, titled after one of his most memorable lyrics. Carrying on…

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this week we asked you...

@kennreyn Private accounts (finsta) have been great a resource for talking about/normalising forms of mental health care for me. Friends have shared their stories with therapy, medication, etc. that gave me the courage to pursue those myself. @JohnnyNeurontin Twitter both can give me pretty bad anxiety and connects me with the political and social communities I'm a part of and that helps lessen isolation and loneliness. I think it's about managing it so there's a balance, like how most stuff is. @madelinegombis Def a huge help. Social media has always served as a reliable meter for my anxiety. When I’m at my best, I don’t post as often bc I’m self-validating and self-confident. When I am at my worst—full of self-doubt, full of body hatred and intellectual insecurity—I post impulsively. @TempestofVHS Very helpful, sometimes it’s the best…

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platform.

Homelessness: The reality I have never written to Big Issue before. I have been homeless since leaving school. Getting a council flat made no difference to me. If anything it made things worse. I was alright at first, overjoyed in fact, but the responsibility of it all became too much. I could not settle and eventually gave it up. I got trapped in a benefits nightmare. If I found a job, my CV meant it would always be low-paid, and then I would be unable to afford the rent, council tax and utility bills for a flat. I am back sleeping rough and sofa-surfing, at the mercy of the best and worst of humanity, and it looks like I will be doing this for the rest of my life. Homelessness, for…

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joy was failed by the system. it's up to us to act

The story of Joy Worrall is both desperately sad and also enraging. Joy Worrall was an 81-year-old woman who took her own life last November. Due to a DWP “error” (their word) she was stripped of her pension and, having no money and a fierce pride, she decided there was no way out. She was found dead in the Rhes-y-cae quarry in Flintshire. Details of what led Joy Worrall to this end were revealed last week at the inquest into her death. Joy had come into a small inheritance in 2014. Being an honest woman, she notified the Department for Work and Pensions. In 2017, when her pension was reassessed, the DWP froze her entire pension, instead of pension credits. She was left with no income at all. She worked her way through…

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schoolkids’ ebook knocks harry potter off top spot

Schoolkids in Walsall have released an ebook chronicling their use of video games in class to boost their writing skills – and it has toppled Harry Potter in the charts. Year 3 pupils at Cooper and Jordan School took a novel approach to their persuasive writing tasks by playing games like The Legend of Zelda, Luigi’s Mansion and Journey to develop different writing styles, as well as interviewing leading lights in the British games industry. But rather than just putting the project up on their classroom wall, their teacher Tom Bromwich helped them create an ebook called Using Video Games in Class!, which stormed to the top of Apple’s iBooks kids’ chart last week ahead of JK Rowling’s classics. All proceeds from the book will go to gaming accessibility charity SpecialEffect. Bromwich told The…

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eu nationals ‘stripped of vote’

A Big Issue vendor from Germany has been left fuming after missing out on the chance to vote in the European elections because his registration form arrived too late. Long-time seller Horst Liedtke, 56, has lived in the Birmingham area for 20 years and received a letter from the city’s council on Saturday May 4, dated the previous day, advising him that he had to register by completing the EC6 form and returning it on Tuesday May 7. But Horst, who is registered to vote in local elections, was unable to post the form back due to the early May bank holiday. “I think this is done on purpose to strip us of our right to vote,” said Horst, who sells The Big Issue on Solihull High Street. “How else would you explain…

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