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FOODBANK DEMAND AT A RECORD HIGH AFTER LOCKDOWN PLUNGED FAMILIES INTO POVERTY

April was the busiest month on record for UK foodbanks, new figures showed, as campaigners urge the Government to get direct cash payments...

GOVERNMENT REVEALS THAT 14,600 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HOUSED DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Local authorities have housed 14,610 people in England to prevent them facing the Covid-19 pandemic on the streets, says Homelessness...

 
 
 

HOMELESS PEOPLE AND PRISONERS TELL LOCKDOWN STORIES IN NEW EXHIBITION

A new project aims to give a platform to the Covid-19 experiences of isolated communities whose voices are “often less heard”. Paperchains...

The Running Charity is keeping young homeless people moving despite Covid-19

THE RUNNING CHARITY IS KEEPING YOUNG HOMELESS PEOPLE MOVING DESPITE COVID-19

The Running Charity was named among The Big Issue's first cohort of Changemakers in 2019 for their work with young people experiencing...

 
 
 

CALLS FOR END TO ‘THUGGISH' DEBT LETTERS AS COVID-19 CASH CRISIS BITES

People in debt could still face “thuggish” threatening letters demanding they repay cash despite being given a payment holiday by lenders,...

HOW TO VOLUNTEER IN A SOCIALLY-DISTANCED WORLD

It's National Volunteers' Week. As many as 10 million adults volunteered during lockdown, according to research by the Centre for Economics...

 
 
 

EXETER VENDOR DONNA BARLOW: ‘I MISS THE SOCIAL SIDE OF SELLING THE MAGAZINE'

The Big Issue has helped vendor Donna Barlow through the Covid-19 crisis while she has shared a single room with her son, partner and...

HOUSING GROUP VOWS TO SUPPORT DAME LOUISE CASEY'S ROUGH SLEEPING TASKFORCE

One of the south of England's largest housing providers has insisted that they will “play their part” in housing rough sleepers moved...

 
 
 

1 IN 8 RENTERS BEHIND ON HOUSING COSTS IN STRUGGLE TO ACCESS CASH SUPPORT

The number of private renters struggling to keep up with monthly housing costs is soaring as the Covid-19 crisis forces more out of...

WE'RE HELPING BIG ISSUE VENDOR JACQUES THROUGH ISOLATION WITH BOOKS AND ARTS

Much-loved vendor Jacques Lamma has been struggling to keep his spirits up while in emergency accommodation in London - so The Big...

 
 
 

KIBBLE TACKLES MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA WITH ST MIRREN FOOTBALLERS

Children's charity Kibble is supporting players and staff at St Mirren Football Club in an effort to end the stigma around mental health...

SEAN HAS REDISCOVERED HIS LOVE OF COOKING AFTER WE BOUGHT HIM POTS AND PANS

Big Issue vendor Sean has rediscovered his love of cooking while in lockdown thanks to The Big Issue. The Exeter Central station vendor,...

 
 
 

THE 240 PROJECT IS BRINGING HOMELESS ARTISTS TOGETHER DURING THE CRISIS

When the UK locked down in March to slow the spread of Covid-19, frontline groups across the country had to adapt fast. It forced Big...

Birmingham café feeds hundreds of vulnerable people during pandemic

BIRMINGHAM CAFÉ FEEDS HUNDREDS OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE DURING PANDEMIC

Local organisations in Birmingham are working together to deliver free hot meals to the city's vulnerable and homeless people during...

 
 
 

HOW LOCKDOWN IS AFFECTING PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED

Everyone's life has been turned upside down by the coronavirus. Our contact with family and friends, our jobs and incomes, our access...

SOCIAL LENDING'S VITAL ROLE RECOGNISED WITH PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

Shared Interest Society , a social lender that has a long-running relationship with The Big Issue magazine, received the Queen's Award...

 
 
 
Bobby Seagull pens love letter to libraries and their vital post-Covid role

BOBBY SEAGULL PENS LOVE LETTER TO LIBRARIES AND THEIR VITAL POST-COVID ROLE

Before he went viral on University Challenge, Bobby Seagull was a huge fan of libraries. Now the teacher, author and presenter has...

WE BOUGHT RICHIE A FREEZER AFTER HE LOST £200 OF FOOD WHEN HIS OLD ONE FAILED

The Big Issue has stepped in to help much-loved vendor Richie through a crisis while in lockdown after the Lincoln seller lost £200...

 
 
 

TIM BURGESS AND FRANK TURNER TO HELP MAKE TINY CHANGES AT VIRTUAL MUSIC FEST

Youth mental health charity and Big Issue Changemaker Tiny Changes is pulling together scores of well-loved musicians to perform from...

DAME LOUISE CASEY: “WE JUST WENT FOR IT, WE HAD TO GET EVERYBODY IN”

The Everybody In scheme virtually ended rough sleeping during the Covid-19 pandemic and the Government should be commended for its...

 
 
 



Cabinet Minister Alok Sharma Tested For Covid-19 After Appearing Unwell In...

Cabinet Minister Alok Sharma Tested For Covid-19 After Appearing Unwell In The Commons

Business secretary Alok Sharma has been tested for coronavirus and is returning home to self-isolate after beginning to feel unwell in the House of Commons chamber, his... Read more ...

Past presidents have used the Insurrection Act to protect civil rights and...

Past presidents have used the Insurrection Act to protect civil rights and enforce desegregation. Trump could use it to quell the protests against police brutality

President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy active duty military troops in states to quell George Floyd protests against police brutality. In doing so, he would invoke the... Read more ...

'Major' breakthrough in hunt for Madeleine McCann as police identify German...

'Major' breakthrough in hunt for Madeleine McCann as police identify German suspect

Scotland Yard has tonight identified a 43-year-old German prisoner as a suspect in the long-running investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Read more ...

John Boyega shares passionate speech at Hyde Park demonstration following...

John Boyega shares passionate speech at Hyde Park demonstration following George Floyd's death

John Boyega addressed the crowd gathered at Hyde Park John Boyega has shared a passionate rally cry at today's Hyde Park demonstration in London , in response to the death of... Read more ...

Tottenham confirm positive coronavirus case after latest Premier League testing

Tottenham confirm positive coronavirus case after latest Premier League testing

Spurs have confirmed that an unnamed employee - who is either a player or a coach - is the one positive coronavirus case following round five of testing Read more ...

Lebron James, Aaron Rodgers and More Athletes Slam Drew Brees for National...

Lebron James, Aaron Rodgers and More Athletes Slam Drew Brees for National Anthem Remarks

NFL quarterback Drew Brees can add one more fumble to his career total. The New Orleans Saints star is the latest public figure to spark backlash over his comments surrounding... Read more ...

Strictly Come Dancing bosses ‘ban entourages for stars and judges' in this...

Strictly Come Dancing bosses ‘ban entourages for stars and judges' in this year's series amid pandemic

Strictly Come Dancing have ‘banned celebrity entourages' Strictly Come Dancing bosses have reportedly banned celebrity entourages for this year's series. There's been plenty... Read more ...

Dream Street star Chris Trousdale dies after 'coronavirus battle' aged 34

Dream Street star Chris Trousdale dies after 'coronavirus battle' aged 34

A family member revealed the boyband star passed away on Tuesday night in hospital Read more ...

How Madeleine McCann's disappearance unfolded 

How Madeleine McCann's disappearance unfolded 

Some 13 years after Madeleine McCann disappeared from her room in a Portugal holiday apartment, police revealed a new suspect. But what else has happened between then and now? Read more ...

Donald Trump used White House as his 'legal residence' when he applied for a...

Donald Trump used White House as his 'legal residence' when he applied for a mail ballot in Florida

President Donald Trump tried to register to vote in his newly adopted state of Florida putting down 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as his address - then switched it to say Mar-a-Lago. Read more ...