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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 18-11-19

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 Find pop heaven at Björk’s Cornucopia Icelandic musical polymath Björk doesn’t often do concerts, but when she does they tend to be the best concerts in the world. Themed around her 2017 album Utopia, Cornucopia has been described as the singer’s “most elaborate” show yet. Expect eye-popping digital visuals, a 50-strong Icelandic choir and extravagant dresses by French fashion house Balmain. Plus a few tunes. O2, London, November 19 and The Hydro, Glasgow, November 25; bjork.com 02 Get involved with the World’s Big Sleep Out There are less than three weeks left until 50 cities around the world are united for one night to raise cash to fight the global scourge of homelessness – and there’s still time for you to have a part in it. Join Will Smith, Dame Helen Mirren, The…

4 min.

Play it cool Big Issue seller in Middlesbrough will try to interest anyone in The Big Issue. Not having much success with this guy! Ina Tullo, email Eastern promise Malcolm Jack’s account of welcome money [The Big Issue November 11-17 and his programme on BBC Sounds] concentrates on the situation with East German citizens just after the fall of the Berlin Wall and on the reception of Depeche Mode’s music. Freedom and hope were also significant in the 1970s and 1980s among the lonely, deprived and homeless in East Germany. This I learned from the study of some 40 clandestine small magazines held in literary archives near Stuttgart, and I published two articles on them. Printed in small numbers, the copies circulated by hand, hidden from the Stasi, and represented a culture of the streets.…

3 min.
our eye is on the future

It’s not clear when things really start. For a couple of weeks the election campaign has been restive, just scuffing around the edges trying to find itself. There have been no big moments, no manifesto promises. Rather, we’ve had suggestions and hints and tweets about potential policy, and leaders unsure how to deal with the public, trotting out confused and confusing messages. Boris Johnson, the great communicator, has been unable to communicate, either with children – who can’t sing The Wheels On The Bus?! – or when a woman in Yorkshire took him to task over the response to the devastating flooding. He’s happier, it seems, in a weird campaign video claiming he loves The Clash and hammering on about oven-ready things going in a microwave. The Clash have yet to…

1 min.
pair say councils can’t answer homeless person’s basic queries

A new exhibition claims that 91 per cent of local authorities can’t answer basic queries about homelessness after an artist and a man with experience of homelessness teamed up to quiz councils. Artist Anthony Luvera collaborated with Gerald Mclaverty to ask 110 councils questions like: “where can I go for something to eat?”, “where can I find shelter when it is raining or snowing?” or “where can I sleep during the night that is safe?” in a bid to find out about rudimentary living provisions. Despite the Homelessness Reduction Act’s introduction of a legal duty for cuts-wracked councils to help homeless people, 41 local authorities failed to respond, while others treated the questions as freedom of information requests or replied with automated lists of links. “The range of responses to these questions from…

2 min.
glasgow serco lock changes ‘despicable’

Campaigners against the evictions of refused asylum seekers are furious after housing provider Serco’s practice of changing the locks was ruled lawful. There are now around 300 people in Glasgow at risk of eviction without a court order, despite having no right to work to earn an income, nor any entitlement to homeless assistance. The case was frst heard earlier this year and decided in favour of Serco before an appeal was lodged by Govan Law Centre, when 140 people had their evictions temporarily halted ahead of the verdict. Now that the Court of Session has rejected the appeal, refugee charities say these families are now at risk of immediate homelessness. The decision “has widespread consequences for all of us”, human rights law charity JustRight Scotland (JRS) co-founder Jen Ang told The Big…

3 min.
are greggs making ringed ‘diet doughnuts’ to help weight loss?

HOW IT WAS TOLD Greggs may have been raking in the pounds this year after the vegan sausage roll became a hit lunchtime snack – but they’ve reportedly had their eye on another type of pounds. The humble doughnut may not be a staple of many weight-loss diets but apparently the bakery chain had it in their sights when it comes to bolstering their healthy-eating offering. Or so the stories published last week would have you believe. Multiple news outlets reported the breaking news that Greggs had released what was dubbed the “diet doughnut” in a bid to trim waistlines and tackle Britain’s obesity crisis. What was different about the new cakes? Well instead of a filling, there would be the less fattening fresh air option, with ring doughnuts billed as the healthy choice. But, you…