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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 05-08-19

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 See a new film about multi-billion dollar K-pop sensations BTS If their name leaves you wondering WTF?, then clearly it’s time you learned a thing or two about the world’s biggest boyband. The South Korean teen dreamboats’ third movie finds them pausing for breath at the end of their latest world tour, which has helped cement global success worth an estimated $3.6bn a year to their country’s economy. OMG! Bring The Soul: The Movie is in cinemas from August 7 02 View an exhibition from the artist against anti-homeless benches Passionate about public spaces being accessible to all, artist Stuart Semple successfully campaigned to remove bars from benches in Bournemouth which had been cruelly designed to ward off rough sleepers. The bench will be recreated, sort of (it’s now redecorated with cuddly toys), as…

5 min.

@MrGeorgeClarke Thanks @BigIssue and @adey70 for your amazing support for my #CouncilHouse100 campaign. Presenter George Clarke has a bold plan to rebuild Britain. He’s furious that we’ve gone backwards from the pioneering and visionary social housing of a century ago. Some of you are too... @JMAckroyd Need not just ending R to Buy & build Co Housing, in Eng tourist areas homes snapped up 2 be used as Hol Home Biz. Govt consulted on these paying neither C Tax or Biz Rates last year but still no announcement. Increasing house prices & reducing private lets #investments #Unfair @shortthought The planning process isn’t pro supply, it’s pro land control. Unless we fix planning, placemaking & permissions, we can’t solve the #housingcrisis. @hope4newham Thank you #MrGeorgeClarke for raising awareness of the government’s failure to provide for the people @ChaptersStaffor When did we…

3 min.
the fairy folk aren’t buying this brexit

There’s an issue with fairy trees in Ireland. Dotted across the landscape, north and south, you’ll see trees standing proud in the middle of fields. They’re frequently hawthorns – gnarly, old, with roots full of deep memories, a lovely blossom in spring, but woe betide if you mess with them. Children growing up in Ireland would listen to parents as we passed the trees, about how farmers left them for fear of angering the fairy folk. You don’t want to mess with that mob. Perfectly rational people still retain a certain apprehension about fairy trees. It’s not so long ago that a motorway in County Clare was diverted to avoid cutting down a fairy tree. There are a good number of these trees around the border and so I thought of them…

2 min.
bookshop raises £5k to get greta book to pupils

An independent bookshop is on a mission to get teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg’s speeches into the hands of school pupils across the country. Big Green Bookshop co-owner Simon Key has raised thousands and won the backing of a major publisher to help him give copies of No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference, a collection of 11 speeches by the Swedish 16-year-old, to as many children as possible. Key, a Big Issue Changemaker, was blown away by the support for his crowdfunder – smashing his £3,000 target in just a day and a half. Now publishers Penguin have said they will match the number of books he has raised funds for by the end of the project, in a month. At the time of going to press Key had…

1 min.
modern slavery mural stops town in its tracks

A group of 25 organisations took to the streets last week to fight modern slavery. Stalls, workshops, film screenings and the unveiling of a bold new mural around Southend-on-Sea’s High Street and Elmer Square hammered home the message about the UK’s modern slavery crisis. Southend Against Modern Slavery (SAMS) – a mix of charities, police, faith groups and statutory services – held its first public event to coincide with the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. “It went really well and turnout was good,” SAMS founder and coordinator Dan Pratt, 39, told The Big Issue. “A lot of people were stopping to talk with us and take photos of the mural – it definitely stopped people in their tracks. “Some people who spoke to us denied that modern slavery happens in the UK…

4 min.
the government knows holiday hunger’s a huge problem. so why are they doing so little to tackle it?

Last week the government announced £2.1bn extra cash for no-deal Brexit crisis planning. But in South Shields, the future of local breakfast clubs is under threat after losing out on £30,000 of Westminster funding. Emma Lewell-Buck, Labour MP for the area, is determined to stop children going hungry this summer – but the government isn’t making it easy. “I get people coming into my office all the time absolutely desperate,” says Lewell-Buck, 40. “The safety net that my parents relied on when we needed it has been completely eroded.” She has represented her constituency in Parliament since 2013. A former social worker, she specialised in child protection and more recently co-founded holiday hunger charity Feeding Britain with fellow MP Frank Field. It has built a national network of community groups, providing support…