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The Big Issue 5/3/2021

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

1 min
diana, 98, gets on her bike to beat homelessness

At the age of 98, Diana O’Flynn has launched a Captain Tom-style challenge to raise cash for a homelessness charity founded by her great-grandmother 134 years ago. Diana has turned lockdown boredom and confinement into the Around the Sitting Room in 80 Days challenge, which will see her cycling on an exercise bike from her armchair for half an hour every day until June 30. The challenge is in aid of homelessness charity West London Mission – set up in 1887 by Diana’s great-grandmother Katherine Price Hughes (pictured right). Diana’s granddaughter Jovie McMillian told The Big Sssue: “S think most people were inspired by Captain Tom but S don’t know if it’s a direct thing – she’s always done charity work of some description. “She did a glider flight once, she’s been skiing, cycling…

2 min
student uses rogue landlord fight to earn degree

Birmingham University student Megan Cole turned her two-year battle against her rogue landlord into a dissertation that helped her through her degree course. Megan and her seven housemates were awarded a year’s worth of rent – around £35,000 – through a rent repayment order after they discovered their landlord did not have an HMO (house in multiple occupancy) licence for their student home in the Selly Oak area of the city. While the group are still fighting to receive the cash, Megan, 21, handed in her dissertation on the power dynamic in renting as she finished her policy, politics and economics degree last month. “It was a wave of anxiety and stress. We were in this situation, we’d signed a 12-month tenancy agreement to live in this house, what can we do? We can’t…

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‘breathing space’ arrives to end debt cycle

The Covid-19 pandemic has made mounting debts a reality for many but a scheme launching this week will give people ‘breathing space’ to plot their path out of the debt cycle without mounting fees and interest payments. First announced in 2019, the Breathing Space and Mental Health Crisis Debt Respite Scheme comes into force on May 4 in England and Wales, forcing creditors to stop chasing debts such as personal loans, credit card debt or rent, council tax or fuel arrears for 60 days. The scheme can last longer for people in a mental health crisis, to cover the duration of their treatment plus 30 days. It is hoped the pause will give people time to work out a sustainable solution to their debt problems without feeling the pressure to take on more…

1 min
supportyour local vendor

VENDORS Following a long lockdown vendors in England, Scotland and Wales are back out selling the magazine. Please continue to support them. 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. If your local vendor is selling The Big Issue, please buy from them. Vendors buy magazines for £1.50 and sell for £3, keeping the difference and working their way out of poverty. 2. If you cannot buy from a vendor, subscriptions to the magazine are available on a three, six or 12-month basis with a new edition delivered to your door each week. Visit…

4 min
get in touch

Ethical transition Yet another winning edition of The Big Issue – One Chance to Save Our Home [April 19] builds a powerful case for urgent action. As Greta Thunberg wisely emphasises, the “climate crisis is a social crisis”. It follows, then, that our response needs to include a focus on raw material sourcing for renewables. Good Electronics – goodelectronics.org – for example, has highlighted that the transition to green energy shouldn’t be at a cost to human rights: A report released by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre [last] month shows that between 2010 and 2020 there was a total of 276 human rights allegations against companies mining six key commodities vital to the clean energy transition: cobalt, copper, lithium, manganese, nickel and zinc. Extraction of these six minerals –…

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join the conversation at bigissue.com

Top stories this week Candidates in elections across the UK go on camera to tell us their plans to tackle The Big Issues – we’ll also have all the latest reaction to the results after May 6 Watch WWE superstar Drew McIntyre challenge Tyson Fury to ‘The Battle of Britain’ That’s Esther Rantzen’s life you can read about in a Letter To My Younger Self Learn the true story behind Oscar-winning Nomadland And we’re proud to have been nominated for five prestigious PPA Awards recognising our response to the Covid crisis…