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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 29-07-19

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

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In this issue

3 min.
the big list.

01 Show support to homeless heroes The Homeless World Cup being staged in Cardiff really hots up this week as the competitions enter their final stages. Off the pitch, events are taking place most evenings including music from James Dean Bradfield on Tuesday, The Joy Formidable on Thursday and Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, who have also penned the tournament’s anthem Daffodil Hill, on Friday, Bute Park, Cardiff, until August 3, homelessworldcup.org 02 See an eyeopening play by a homelessness theatre company The Edinburgh festivals get under way this week, with a new play by friends of The Big Issue, Cardboard Citizens, among the standouts in another packed Fringe programme. Bystanders tells the true-life stories of people who have died on the streets of the UK – and lays bare the shocking scale of largely…

4 min.

Last week comedian Geoff Norcott wrote that “the Tories have no message for the vulnerable but the hard left has nothing for the aspirational”. You certainly let us know what you thought... @BamMyth Thank you for the opinion in The Big Issue. I think both the left and the right need more people like yourself explaining why they believe what they believe, instead of assuming things about each other. Cheers @wildnoe The hard left or hard right don’t care about anyone but themselves, it’s the people in the middle who suffer. Political dogma and idealism gone mad. However this programme is purely aimed at the lefties! Nothing to blame on savage cuts by the right. The what’s in it for me, class @shellzybellz It’s about no housing, no schools, gentrification etc all against the poorest… not…

3 min.
every story matters

Last week Paul Kelly was buried. Paul was our friend and colleague who was brutally killed on June 15. A man has been charged with his murder. Paul was buried in a quiet graveyard just south of Glasgow. It was brief and simple and still, conducted at graveside, with no church or temple service beforehand. The sun shone. The grave is on a hill looking to the Campsie Fells on one side and down into Glasgow on the other. It’s a family plot and following his father’s death Paul spoke about the place, a lovely wee place, he told me. He said he hoped to be there too some day, beside his parents. Just not so soon. Paul’s family and friends were all gathered there last week, sad, but comforting each other and working…

1 min.
vendor and ‘beloved friend’ dies

London Big Issue vendor Dave Hancock has died following a long illness. The 58-year-old sold the magazine in the capital for more than a decade but was forced to stop working outside Hermès on New Bond Street due to a lung condition. One of his regular customers, Martina Larsson, pictured, dubbed him a “beloved friend and ardent vendor”. She said: “He was always up for a chat, preferably over a sweet latte and a bacon sandwich from the Italian cafe around the corner. He always made us smile with his intelligence, charm, and great sense of humour.” Dave’s funeral will take place on August 6 at Richmond Crematorium, starting at 9.30am. Ahead of that, Martina will be holding a memorial to celebrate Dave’s life on August 3 in central London. For details, contact mlarsson@post.com…

1 min.
brighton considers bill of rights for homeless

Brighton could become the first city in the UK to adopt a homeless bill of rights to give rough sleepers “equality, dignity and human rights”. The Brighton and Hove Housing Coalition brought their 2,500-signature petition to the city council last week to ask them to uphold 13 rights for homeless people, including among others the right to public spaces, to vote and to privacy. The bill of rights was designed by the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA), which has signed up a number of cities in Europe, most notably Barcelona. And Brighton could be next on the list after councillors agreed to put the bill to the housing committee to consider the fnancial implications. Chair of Brighton City Council’s housing committee John Allcock said: “I am very keen for…

1 min.
address plan will change vendors’ lives

Big Issue vendors often find themselves financially excluded simply because they do not have a fixed address – so we have teamed up with innovative venture ProxyAddress to help them access vital financial products and services. The system, founded by architect Chris Hildrey in 2017, will allow vendors to access bank accounts without the need for proof of address, using empty homes in the UK to create a duplicate ‘proxy’ address for data purposes. Giving vendors an address will let them apply for jobs, get a GP, open a bank account and apply for forms of identification that could prove crucial to helping them participate in society. This will also help them offer cashless payments to customers, which is a key Big Issue push this year. Beth Thomas, The Big Issue’s head of programmes…