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The Big Issue 21-10-19

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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4 min.
the big list.

01 See a pair of historic cathedrals lit up like you’ve never seen them before St Paul’s in London and Coventry Cathedral will become canvases for spectacular installations of light, history, photography and poetry as part of Historic England’s free-to-view Where Light Falls project. Learn about the contrasting fates of these two architectural gems during the Blitz, and how they became emblems of resilience and recovery. St Paul’s Cathedral, London, October 24-27; Coventry Cathedral, November 14-16; get-involved/visit/where-light-falls 02 Protest against spending cuts in Bradford museums and libraries Last month Bradford launched a £1.4 million bid to become UK City of Culture in 2025, but if the council of the West Yorkshire city really fancies its chances of landing such a prestigious title then it should probably start by sorting out its libraries,…

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this week we asked you...

@Spangle27613052 Somebody To Love, Queen & George Michael (from the Freddie Mercury tribute concert) @CheersPal Lawyers, Guns and Money by Warren Zevon @dy0b1 Kanye West – Touch The Sky and Ultralight Beam @Staedtler Wombling Free – The Wombles @Sayers 33 Motion City Soundtrack – It’s a Pleasure To Meet You @happyweething I Melt With You by Modern English Listen to our readers’ Big Issue Brexit Survival Anthems playlist on Spotify at: Keep on telling us your Brexit Survival Anthems and we’ll keep adding them: @bigissue…

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today for tomorrow

Last week we brought news of John Bird’s private member’s bill that aims to make sure that public bodies, including government departments and agencies, cut out short-termism so that policies aren’t left to the whim of individual ministers to create future-proofed measures that will work to dismantle poverty. The Well-being of Future Generations Bill was introduced in the Lords on Monday and will be steered through the House of Commons by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, who guest-edited last week’s magazine. Here’s some of the reaction to the Future Generations Bill, and Lucas’s plan to rebuild democracy.…

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A Lord’s view I’m a huge fan of John Bird. He makes a good contribution to the House of Lords and is always thinking about a better future. I agree with him. I think his founding The Big Issue is one of the best things that’s happened not just in publishing but also in putting homelessness and deprivation on the political agenda. I think his Bill will have a similar impact so I will be thoroughly behind him if I am in the House of Lords – if not then I will have to do it from the House of Commons. Lord Adonis, who is planning to give up his life peerage to run as an MP in the next election Look to the long term Short-termism in politics is at the root of…

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@TymorHir Caroline Lucas & John Bird launch a Future Generations Bill UK. Looking forward to this being a catalyst for discussions on how we reinvigorate our public institutions, so that we are able to collectively take meaningful responsibility for our decisions @cannonhillpark #TodayforTomorrow @BigIssue is launching the Future Generations Bill, 14 Oct 2019 with co-sponsors including @CarolineLucas MP – read all about it @IPPR [Institute for Public Policy Research] IPPR is delighted to welcome @BigIssue founder @johnbirdswords Future Generations Bill being introduced to the Lords today This bill is crucial to breaking the culture of short-termism in politics – as we propose in our report @MurphyFrsa This amazing, as a @greenparty member and supporter of the @BigIssue it's great to see this collaboration. We need more people like @johnbirdswords & @CarolineLucas forging the direction of our country,…

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Honoured to be guest editor of @BigIssue with focus on how to rebuild our democracy Team Caroline enjoying it! Many thanks to all those involved, @yanisvaroufakis, @magicmajid, @DrBrianMay, @Fortuashla And of course, all the team at the magazine, esp @PaulDMcNamee. [This] marks launch of England’s first Future Generations Bill, with @JohnBirdswords rebuilding democracy. Putting future generations at centre of political decisions. Ending short-termism which piles up problems for tomorrow, esp #ClimateEmergency…