News & Politics
The Big Issue

The Big Issue


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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
welcome to the big issue

This week the world looks different for many of us, there is uncertainty and things are changing fast. It means that Big Issue sellers need our – and your – support more than ever right now. That’s why our price has risen to £3 this week, with all additional profit from this increase going direct to vendors. We will keep publishing The Big Issue each week and as long as it is safe for them to sell on their pitches, vendors will be out. But if you are looking for a new way to support Big Issue sellers, if you are self-isolating or know someone who is stuck indoors, we hope you will take out a subscription for a few months or subscribe to our digital edition. Find out how…

4 min.
the big list isolated!

01 Spy on animals from the comfort of your sofa Need a cute and free way to entertain restless kids on lockdown? Why not introduce them to the phenomenon of zoo and aquarium live webcams? Travel the animal kingdom at a few clicks, watching all from penguins, pandas and tigers in Edinburgh to sharks and sea otters in Monterey and baboons and baby elephants in San Diego. edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams; montereybayaquarium. org/animals/live-cams; zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams 02 Save London’s only HIV/AIDS hospital Made famous by Princess Diana in the 1980s when she visited and took the hand of a patient, Mildmay Hospital in Shoreditch is set to be shut owing to NHS funding pressures, leaving patients living with HIV without vital specialist services. Help ensure victims of a previous, terrible epidemic aren’t forgotten by signing a petition against the…

5 min.
how you can help

@AbiLightbody A work colleague dropped a bunch of food on our doorstep for us while we self- isolate, with some scones from the bakers, some homemade jam and a @ BigIssue mag. @meetbookgirl Dear people of #London, for those of you who are not currently working from home yet, there’s every chance you might be soon. That means the @BigIssue seller you see every day – and hopefully buy a copy from every week – won’t see you. They also won’t see many other people. Pretend it’s a deposit on a month’s worth of reading. Pretend the price has been driven up by the law of ‘supply & demand’. Pretend it’s just as essential as hand sanitiser to get through this. Because for #BigIssue sellers, it is. @TobyjField If you’re lucky enough to have some…

3 min.
new thinking will see us through this

And so here we are. From now, nothing is certain. Yet the ability to adapt at incredible pace has been staggering. Three weeks ago, if we wanted to take our child out of school for a non-holiday day, fines were threatened. Now, we don’t know when schools will reopen, how those students who have worked for years towards exams will be examined, and how parents are going to entertain children full of energy who are, essentially, locked in. Let it never be said again that this generation of young people are soft and entitled. When they get through this, and they will, they will be changed. They will be tougher people, they will be perhaps more calm, but they will have a perspective different from now. I hope they can marry the…

6 min.
then. now & tomorrow

Q: What can I do to help my local vendor? The major way you can support your vendor is by buying copies of The Big Issue and enabling them to earn a living. Your support for The Big Issue over the coming weeks and months will be vital to our ability to be there for our 1500 magazine sellers so please keep visiting bigissue.com to find out more about how you can help. Q: How are vendors feeling? There is concern and worry amongst our vendors but they continue to be hopeful that the goodwill of the public will continue. We are confident their customers will continue to support their local sellers in whatever way they can. Q: What happens if vendor sales fall? Big Issue sellers are vulnerable individuals facing a variety of challenges…

4 min.
we can survive this. but only with your help

Twenty-nine years is a long time to hold on to an idea that values homeless people as a sum of more than their destitution. Back in 1991 there was a very strong feeling against rough sleepers as socially disruptive. So for 29 years we have gathered ourselves every week to argue and help prove that the homeless were us, without the comfort of permanent homes. Now 29 years later, having known and met and worked with thousands and thousands of homeless people, The Big Issue is on a knife edge. Hundreds of millions of transactions between the homeless and the general public are likely to be undermined if we run out of people to buy the magazine. Obviously the vendors should not be on the street. And the public should not be…