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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 22-07-19

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

In this issue

4 min.
the big list.

01 Don’t let Nazanin Zaghari-Ratclife be forgotten It’s been more than three years since the British-Iranian charity worker was detained while on holiday with her infant daughter in Iran, where she remains held without clear reason – her plight unaided by the bumbling words of Boris Johnson. An ongoing petition calling for Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release has close to 2.5 million signatures so far. change.org/p/free-nazanin-ratcliffe 02 See superhero headliners at Camp Bestival As Bestival takes a time out this year, its little sister festival in Dorset ups its game. Heroes vs Superheroes is the dress-up theme this year. Nile Rodgers & Chic, The Human League, Sister Sledge and The Wailers will be on hand to prove that not all heroes wear capes. Lulworth Castle, Dorset, July 25-28; campbestival.net 03 Visit an exhibition that captures the Homeless…

5 min.

On the same page Many people across the country will still be wondering if their local librarians will be sacked and their local library taken over by volunteers [John Bird, July 15-21]. And if it is about to be taken over, who will be taking it over (many groups will have only come forward as their library faced imminent closure)? Will even their local library building be sold off for a fast buck? People should have the right to know all this. It seems Essex County Council is hellbent on its entirely unsustainable plan to run at least 60 per cent of our libraries, and perhaps more, voluntarily without paid staff. With just £18,000 available per library across three years – then each library will be left to fend for itself –…

3 min.
a star was born

Ask Marlon Brando – Stella is a good name to shout. The last time the Homeless World Cup was played on UK soil, three years ago in Glasgow, the undoubted MVP was the Greek women’s goalkeeper, in spirit if not talent. Like so many of us whose enthusiasm for the game outstrips our ability, 59-year-old Stella was stuck in goals. During a match against Argentina with one minute left on the clock, Greece was 11-2 down. But Stella was not out. A shot zipped towards goal, which she deflected. In quick succession she blocked two more rebounded attempts. The ball bobbled to a stop just inside the penalty area. The rules of the Homeless World Cup don’t allow outfield players to enter the keeper’s box – but nobody had told Stella and she…

1 min.
bold move!

A Big Issue vendor’s striking artwork will go on display next week after he teamed up with an unlikely partner – London data science company dunnhumby. David Martin, 57, has already had one of his abstract pieces featured in The Big Issue and sold other works, mostly created using coloured card and bold colour combinations. Joseph Falzon, senior creative and production lead at Hammersmith-based dunnhumby, helped drive the idea to host an exhibition for the vendor. “It came about when a group of us from dunnhumby did the Centrepoint Sleep Out last November. After that we decided that it would be good to help someone specifically in our local community in some way. “Dominique Evans, a client manager, met Dave outside Tesco and discovered that he was a budding artist. “We then got the idea…

1 min.
hats off to simon for cashless success

A Norwich man has become the latest Big Issue vendor to go contactless. Simon Gravell, 51, started accepting card payments on his pitch outside Topshop in the city centre after noticing that the majority of his customers had stopped carrying cash. And he admits that it has taken a couple of weeks for his punters to adapt to the change but he is now seeing the benefits. “It’s been steady, it’s about getting people to believe that I do have a card machine,” Simon told The Big Issue. “I say, ‘You can pay by card if you want’ and they’ll just laugh at you, but when they realise that you’re serious they’ll then use it. “People just aren’t carrying cash any more – if you hear it once a day then you’re hearing it…

3 min.
‘if the government feels meals are needed during term time, why not during the holidays?’

Trussell Trust foodbanks gave out 20 per cent more emergency food parcels last summer as holiday hunger began to bite – and experts worry that number will rise this year. The national foodbank charity distributed 87,496 parcels to children while they were off for their school holiday in 2018, dwarfing the number given out in 2017. While the children are off school in the summer, they miss out on free school meals, leaving parents to provide the extra meal – and when they are already on the breadline it can push them towards foodbanks to feed their kids. The charity has also warned that foodbanks should not be a long-term solution to hunger and is urging the government to end the five-week wait for Universal Credit payments to ensure that families are…