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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 01-07-19

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

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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£2.51(Incl. tax)
£129.96(Incl. tax)
51 Issues


4 min.
the big list

01 Explore a history of Culture Under Attack at the Imperial War Museum From the Nazis burning synagogues to ISIS blowing up ancient monuments, war doesn’t only destroy lives, but also the things that humans create to define themselves. A free season of exhibitions, live music, performances and talks at the IWM surveys 100 years of cultural vandalism – and the heroes who defend against it. Imperial War Museum, London, July 5, 2019-January 5, 2020; iwm.org.uk/seasons/culture-under-attack 02 See big stars in the Queen’s back garden at British Summer Time Hyde Park Welcoming big names to the heart of the Big Smoke, this series of super shows – led by Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Barbra Streisand, Florence + the Machine and Robbie Williams – is as big as it gets. Hyde Park, London, July 5-8 and…

1 min.
this week we asked you...

Boris Johnson makes model buses from old crates, apparently. And, slightly more believably, Jeremy Corbyn studies manhole covers. But what hobbies would really help MPs with the day job? @Fu2ramusic Telling the truth. @MrDanielByrne Rugby. @efm_uk Human cannonball. @daphneh236 Knitting NHS nurses. @lurkingspider Base jumping, free climbing... you get the gist... @wwejademing Now this is it!! I also like painting, creative ideas, ideas for the future. I enjoy the universe, astronomy, sciences, philosophy. How can we humanise @10DowningStreet to the public? @dawnafinch 1) Regularly using and supporting libraries and actually reading books. #libraries 2) Paying attention.…

4 min.

I wish I’d stopped to chat to Paul The death of Paul Kelly literally stopped me in my tracks today. After a long and serious illness last year, I’ve been back working in Glasgow city centre for four months and I have passed this lovely man three times a day. The most upbeat positive guy trying to get by selling The Big Issue and bringing joy to a corner of Glasgow with his call of “don’t be shy, give it a try... I don’t bite” and “I’m trying my best, one day at a time”. For weeks I’ve been thinking “Oh God, I don’t have cash on me to buy a copy, I’m in too much of a hurry... but one day I really must at least stop for a chat and tell…

3 min.
theresa, you’re too late

Theresa May has gone rogue. Or as rogue as Wheatfields May is going to go. As we slowly collapse through the last days of her reign, the embers flickering and spluttering over the moving crates, May is finally standing up and saying something. Two weeks ago she looked at climate change, announcing plans to make Britain carbon neutral, with greenhouse gases emissions cut to zero by 2050. The plans were enacted in legislation last week. In a timely move, the French government did the same thing. And May said she’d call on all G20 leaders to follow. In a separate moment, May launched into the housing debate. She called for more social housing and more tenants’ rights as part of an “ongoing housing revolution”. If only she had been in a position…

1 min.
remembering our friend: vigil held for much-loved vendor paul kelly

The Big Issue has been inundated with tributes since Paul, 50, died on Saturday June 15 following a violent attack outside his Knightswood home in the city. And plenty of his regular customers, family and passers-by turned out on his pitch on June 24 to speak about what the vendor meant to them. Paul’s pitch was transformed with flowers, tributes and a copy of the Scottish edition of last week’s Big Issue magazine, which featured his picture on the cover. Big Issue editor Paul McNamee kicked things off, noting that the vendor’s cheery catchphrase “Don’t be shy, give it a try” gave him a “lift” and “never tired”. From there, a stream of well-wishers stepped forward to pay their respects, including Marcus Baird, who worked on the street across from Paul. He said: “If…

2 min.
vendor earl wins ‘battle to exist’ thanks to big issue articles

Big Issue vendor Earl John Charlton has said he “nearly cried” when he finally received official ID – using interviews he did in The Big Issue to prove who he was. The Newcastle Central Station vendor spent 25 years living on the streets and, like many in that position, it meant he has never had photo ID – and didn’t even have a birth certificate until recently. The 41-year-old wants to offer cashless payments but lacked the photo ID required to get a bank account. So he applied to the DVLA for a driving licence on February 12 but was told that more historic proof of his identity was required. The Big Issue helped Earl obtain proof of his National Insurance number from HMRC but it was only when he was on the DVLA…