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The Big Issue 4/19/2021

The Big Issue is one of Britain’s leading news and cultural magazines. Every week’s edition is packed full of original takes on the biggest issues of the day as well as interviews with the most significant figures in politics and entertainment. The Big Issue was founded 1991 to give people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to earn their own income. We continue to support hundreds of vendors across the UK and all proceeds from sales go to help anyone wanting to lift themselves out of poverty.

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United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
13 Issues

in this issue

4 min
going down a storm

It was quite a week as Big Issue vendors returned to the streets for the first time in 2021 in England and Wales – complete with the backing of two of Britain’s biggest stars in Stormzy and Marcus Rashford. April 12 was the day circled in every vendor’s calendar after more than 15 weeks in lockdown away from their friends and regular customers and unable to sell the magazine to earn a living. Sellers wasted no time in getting back out on their pitches and reconnecting with their local communities where they have been so missed. Vendors in Scotland are set to follow suit on April 26. Manchester United hero Marcus Rashford has become Britain’s biggest star during the Covid-19 pandemic, driving real change to prevent hunger and championing the cause of the…

1 min
supportyour local vendor

VENDORS After a long lockdown, vendors are finally back out selling in England and Wales. Fewer customers may be out and about and in Scotland lockdown restrictions are still in place so our staff will continue to work closely with each vendor to make sure there is extra support where needed. SUBSCRIPTIONS AND SHOPS Since the first lockdown in March last year, we have supported our vendors with more than £1m of financial assistance to make up for lost sales. We still need your help to make sure we can continue to support them through uncertain times. HOW YOU CAN HELP 1. Sf your local vendor is selling TheBig Issue, pleasebuy fromthem. Vendors buy magazines for £1.50 and sell for £3, keeping the difference and working their way out of poverty. 2. Sf you cannot buy…

3 min

Warm welcome for vendors back out selling! @FoxFriend52 Great to see @ianduff4 & lovely Boycie dog in #Bath today, first time since before Christmas! @NonLgeProgs Love that these new freedoms extendto @BigIssuesellers! Great to meet James in Lyme Regis back on the job & serving customers with a smile! Enjoying an excellent printed magazine! @HarbourHousing A lovely welcome back to @BigIssuevendors in Cornwall! @DanielMays9 As restrictions begin to ease vendors @BigSssue across England and Wales are back selling today after nearly 23 weeks in lockdown. St’s crucial we support our local vendors as much now as we did during lockdown. #BigSssueSsBack @StMarysKemptown Great to have Becky and Gary on @BigIssuedistribution dutythis morning, welcoming back the vendors to their pitches in Brighton. We’d not achieve anything at St Mary’s without our vital #volunteers @MagnusScottie I’m going in to St Mary’s this morning to…

2 min
a really wild but natural selection

The French laid down a marker. Last week they announced they were banning domestic flights that could be travelled by train in under two-and-a-half hours. St is the first time any major global economy has blocked air travel on environmental grounds. The policy was an idea that came from the French citizens’ council, a collective gathered by President Macron as a way of showing he was paying attention after the Gilets Jaunes protests. And clearly France is really listening. While we tinker around in Britain and say ‘What if’, the French shrug and say ‘Voila!’ To further shake their environmental tail feather at us all, the French are also now set to offer car owners a €2,500 trade-in on their old motors towards an E-bike. They’re not messing around. The ticking environmental clock means that the…

4 min
green up your cash

Spending an hour or so switching your pension fund could be many times more effective at reducing your carbon footprint than a lifetime of becoming vegan and giving up flying combined, according to the campaign group Make My Money Matter. It is keen for more of us to understand the link between where our retirement savings are invested – all £3tn of them – and what they are, or are not, doing for the planet. A big claim, but there’s no doubt that many of us, in attempts to boost our environmental credentials – shopping local, considering an electric car, worrying about the plastic wrapping on our apples – neglect to think about the way our personal finances could be undermining our best intentions. Your money, whether it’s funnelled into shares pegged…

3 min
how to use your personal finances to help people and planet:

UNDERSTAND WHERE YOUR MONEY IS INVESTED NOW If you have an employer and are earning over £10,000 with them, you will have been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension. Look at where it is invested. You should be able to see this by logging into your account or check with your pension provider. If you don’t know who your pension provider is, ask the HR department. O’Connor says: “On the provider’s website look for information about the provider’s general level of commitment to sustainable investing, they might have a report on this you can view. Make sure you are looking at the fund that you are in. ” Do the same for any investments you might hold, for example through a fund via a stocks and shares ISA, such as the one on The…