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The Big Issue

The Big Issue 09-12-19

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 Donate to Give a Book and see your generosity doubled As big believers in the power of reading to change lives, The Big Issue are right behind Give a Book and their work to provide new books, book bags, pencils and notebooks to projects benefitting adults and children. They’re among a number of charities and organisations taking part in The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge – which will see all donations made up until December 10 matched through partnerships with funding champions. giveabook.org.uk; #ChristmasChallenge19 02 See Jorja Smith headline a Christmas gig to help homeless people The Brit Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated English R&B singer-songwriter tops the bill at a fundraiser for Shelter, to boost their campaign to support Britain’s 320,000 homeless people. December 9, Union Chapel, London; england.shelter.org.uk 03 Know your facts on…

1 min.
you were feline the love for street cat bob last week

Mike N Karen Feskorn Such a lovely pic of Bob, so proud of how far you’ve all come and that you’ve shared your story with us. Truly is a story between an animal and human and what love and caring can do. Pam Cotter Bob, you have grown up so fast. Thank you for your books. I have them all. They sit proudly on my shelf. Adrian Balboa I think Bob the cat deserves to be on a postage stamp. He would be so cute & handsome. Bob gets more handsome with age! Pat Eli From selling the Big Issue to being on the cover! One of the greatest stories ever! Love you guys! Marcelle Barbir Geez He just gets better-looking every time I see him! What a happy soul Sho Nakagawa Oh, how proud he looks! Wendy Dowsett It wouldn’t be Christmas…

5 min.

[IN RESPONSE TO DAVID SAGE’S LETTER, NOVEMBER 25-DECEMBER 1] Mongrel nation “We” are “they”. My children, for example, are 3/4 Scots (with a little English admixture) and 1/4 German. A close friend’s Scots children are actually 1/2 Scots, 1/2 French. My neighbours are Scots/Caribbean. Brits have forever been mongrels, with Celtic, Scandinavian, French, Germanic and other genes and heritage. What nation does not have a mixture of genes in its pool? It is suggested that the French, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Greek, Italian, Slovenian, German and all other members of the EU think identically and will all apply “a high-sounding principle... systematically regardless of whether the... consequences are foolish or harmful”. Whereas “we” are identical in being pragmatic and practical. Arrant nonsense, showing that Mr Sage understands neither “us” nor “them”. V Franz, Perth I was sorry to see that David…

3 min.
there are no easy choices. but the time is here

A child in Britain is made homeless every eight minutes. That means, if one child is made homeless now, by the time you finish reading this piece another will also be without a safe and permanent residence. This adds up to 135,000 kids who will be homeless this Christmas. There is no way of sugar-coating this. There is no spin, no explanation, no excuse. It’s a number that shames us. We should not just be angry, we should be shaking with rage. We cannot accept that this is OK, or that this is normal. Neither can we allow policy decisions from the very top to be excused so that parents are blamed, or that fingers are pointed at those parents as some set of feckless mass. A proportion of these children are…

1 min.
get out and vote!

After the endless TV debates, repetitive soundbites and cringeworthy claptrap, the general election is finally here – and it’s time to use your vote for the future generations. Our campaign to ask political candidates to keep tomorrow in mind when making decisions today has been a huge success. At the time of writing, 326 politicians had taken our Future Generations Pledge and that number is rising. It could be the only thing the major party leaders agree on too, with Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and more all signing the pledge. There are too many backers to print here – so head to bigissue.com for the full list. Now it’s over to you. Don’t forget to vote on December 12 and keep future generations in mind when you cast your vote. And no matter who…

1 min.
tragic vendor graham honoured with pitch plaque

Much-loved Big Issue vendor Graham Hoile had such a huge impact on his customers that they have teamed up to place a plaque at his pitch. Known as ‘The Face of Fore Street’ during a decade selling the magazine outside the Co-op store in Heavitree, Devon, Graham tragically died after being struck by a train in May. The 67-year-old, known as ‘Paddy’, had been street homeless and battled addiction for many years before his death. In the last two years of his life, the Irishman got sober and found a place in supported housing. This allowed him to pursue his passion for cycling and he saved £1,000 of his earnings from selling the magazine to buy an electric bike. He’d sold the magazine since 1992 in St Austell and in London, but it was…