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The Big Issue 4/26/2021

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

3 min
rashford’s poverty prevention plan takes shape

Marcus Rashford has become an iconic figure across Britain, leading the charge against food poverty during the pandemic. Last week he unveiled new plans that go even further to help those most in need. Fresh from boosting Big Issue vendors with a heartfelt message of support as they returned to their pitches, the footballing hero detailed his new scheme to help families make the most of the Healthy Start voucher. He had already lobbied for an increase in the value of the voucher, which helps young parents put food on the table – just as Rashford’s mother Melanie did for the footballer and his brothers when they were young. The vouchers rose in value in England and Wales on April 1, up from £3.10 to £4.25 per child under the age of…

1 min
give indigenous communities chance to save the amazon... and the planet

The Amazon rainforest is known as the lungs of the world, and now a campaign is aiming to breathe new life into efforts to help indigenous communities save it from Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s clutches. Bolsonaro has faced criticism over soaring deforestation throughout his tenure, and has been in talks with US counterpart Joe Biden over support for the Amazon. But a campaign launched on Earth Day last week is aiming to put the power to replant the Amazon in the hands of 64 indigenous communities across Brazil. Choose Earth, driven by refugee charity Choose Love and media company Earthrise, wants to raise £150,000 to support the communities in their fight for social and environmental justice. Indigenous leaders Daiara Tukano, Sônia Guajajara, Narubia Werreria and Gliceria Tupinamba, as well as activists, artists and…

2 min
‘birmingham has lost a landmark’

The Big Issue is saddened to announce that popular vendor Karl ’Bubble’ Lamsdale, who featured on the cover of the magazine after cheating death in a hit-and-run, has died. Lamsdale, known as Bubble to his regular customers on his long-time pitch at Birmingham Snow Hill railway station, was found dead at his flat on April 15. Ne was 54. West Midlands Police told The Big Issue the vendor’s death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner. Paying tribute to Bubble, The Big Issue’s sales and operations team leader in the West Midlands Jon Hyde said: “I knew Bubble for over a decade and he had a deadpan sense of humour and a glint in his eye. “Birmingham city centre has lost a landmark and The Big Issue has…

1 min
supportyour local vendor

VENDORS After a long lockdown, this week we welcome back vendors in Scotland, who are finally out selling the magazine again just like their colleagues up and down England and Wales. 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 from them. 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 from a vendor, subscriptions to the magazine are available on a three, six or 12-month basis with a new…

2 min

Chris Packham’s Earth Day takeover made a world of difference to vendors Thanks Chris. The Big Sssue needs all the help it can get, but the bigger issue is the state of the planet which S know you care about deeply, and wish to effect positive change, so S have to thank you twice. Thank you and thank you again. Richard Paul Todd (vendor cover star) This SS our big issue , the continuance of human life, on a happy, balanced eco-system. Peter Dixon What a wonderful frickin amazing way to show support to our people in need. Just when S thought we loved you enough Chris, you ramp it up and make us love you even more! Jasmin Barber @HenricusNature Great to see you at the helm of @BigSssue Chris , focused on #ClimateAction #EarthDay @MrsPicklet This editorial from…

2 min
this week the power lies with us

During the early period of coronavirus lockdown, many thousands of people denied themselves help. Around 500,000 who were entitled to Universal Credit did not claim. There was perceived stigma around being seen as “scroungers” and “freeloaders”, said the Welfare at a Social Distance project, which carried out the research. And as a result, rent payments were missed, bills went unpaid, mental health was hurt. It was not the individuals’ fault that jobs disappeared and they needed help, but it brings to light yet another real-time echo of the austerity programme. That pernicious striver/skiver rhetoric of former Chancellor George Osborne has helped make half a million ashamed to ask for a hand up. We don’t know the ongoing impact of furlough. We don’t yet know the scale of job losses that may…