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THE BIG ISSUE'S FRONTLINE STAFF CLASSED AS KEY WORKERS BY GOVERNMENT

When the government announced earlier this week that schools would close to all except the children of critical workers, there were...

RICHARD DREYFUSS: “I WAS RAISED IN A VERY LEFT-WING COMMUNITY”

When I was 16 years old, I was trying desperately get my actor friends to talk about the nobility of acting , because I was terrified...

 
 
 

SOCIAL BITE RAISES NEARLY £30,000 IN A DAY TO FIGHT COVID-19 FOOD POVERTY

The public is showing support for homelessness-tackling social enterprise Social Bite by digging into their wallets - and have donated...

THE 2020 HOMELESS WORLD CUP IN TAMPERE IS CANCELLED

The 2020 iteration of the Homeless World Cup has been cancelled as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the sporting calendar. The...

 
 
 

CASH CARRAWAY: ‘ONE MISTAKE IN POVERTY AND YOUR LIFE IS THROWN INTO CHAOS'

It's not easy being a mum even at the best of times. But a decade of austerity has created a generation of families who have forgotten...

HOW VIRAL VIDEO GAME PLAGUE INC. TAPS INTO CORONAVIRUS FEARS

You only need to take a look at supermarket shelves to see the impact that the coronavirus has had on purchasing power. Panic buying...

 
 
 
Joe Wicks is putting on PE classes for kids during school closures

JOE WICKS IS PUTTING ON PE CLASSES FOR KIDS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

Friend of The Big Issue Joe Wicks is about to become the “nation's PE teacher” for kids across the UK who are stuck at home as the...

CHANGEMAKER ELLA DAISH LAUNCHES ONLINE PLASTIC-FREE PERIOD PRODUCT DONATIONS

Big Issue Changemaker Ella Daish, a campaigner for the removal of plastic from period products, has teamed up with an ethical shopping...

 
 
 

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We are one of the only businesses in the UK that operates exclusively on the streets, meaning The Big Issue and its vendors will be...

Much-loved vendor Ian Duff is offering to cook for self-isolating families

MUCH-LOVED VENDOR IAN DUFF IS OFFERING TO COOK FOR SELF-ISOLATING FAMILIES

Selfless Big Issue vendor Ian Duff has put out an offer for families self-isolating from the coronavirus to make use of his culinary...

 
 
 
The Big Issue's guide to virtual festivals

THE BIG ISSUE'S GUIDE TO VIRTUAL FESTIVALS

Glastonbury is cancelled, hundreds of tours are cancelled and music venues are closing - but that doesn't mean COVID-19 should stop...

Three-month eviction ban coming to protect renters from COVID-19 disruption

THREE-MONTH EVICTION BAN COMING TO PROTECT RENTERS FROM COVID-19 DISRUPTION

Emergency legislation will be pushed through to ban evictions for three months as the Government reacted to calls from campaigners...

 
 
 
A message from Big Issue founder John Bird

A MESSAGE FROM BIG ISSUE FOUNDER JOHN BIRD

Dear Readers and Supporters, For the last number of years, The Big Issue has been thriving, helping thousands of people earn and work...

THE GOVERNMENT GIVES COUNCILS £3.2M TO SUPPORT ROUGH SLEEPERS WITH COVID-19

A £3.2 million pot will be made available to councils to ensure that rough sleepers are protected from the coronavirus pandemic, the...

 
 
 

MUTUAL AID GROUPS GIVE COMMUNITIES POWER TO HELP EACH OTHER THROUGH COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has empowered communities to pull together as the Mutual Aid Group movement has exploded across the country...

VENDOR MARK RICHARDS IS READY FOR YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS

Measures to suppress the coronavirus are going to have a huge impact on Big Issue vendors. That's why Big Issue editor Paul McNamee...

 
 
 

GOVERNMENT MUST ACT NOW TO LET ROUGH SLEEPERS SELF-ISOLATE IN HOTELS

Homeless people must be given access to single-unit accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic or the results will be “devastating”,...

WITH GIGS CANCELLED AND VENUES CLOSED, ARTISTS ARE TURNING TO PLAYING ONLINE

With the cancellations and postponements of major festivals like SXSW and Coachella, not to mention venues closing and independent...

 
 
 

JOHN BIRD: ECHOES FROM THE PAST ARE ALL AROUND US

If you want a little sense of historical vibration, go to Tate Britain's British Baroque exhibition. It's on until April 19, with the...

PAUL MCNAMEE: THESE ARE TOUGH TIMES. STAY WITH US

The Big Issue, like so many organisations across the world, is trying to adapt to the growing threat of coronavirus. This is a developing...

 
 
 



'I'm not feeling like a family member': Liverpool staff dismayed by decision...

'I'm not feeling like a family member': Liverpool staff dismayed by decision to put them on furlough

A Liverpool staff member has expressed their disappointment following the club's controversial decision to furlough some of their non-playing workers in response to the... Read more ...

Keir Starmer appoints rival Lisa Nandy to top job but snubs Rebecca Long-Bailey

Keir Starmer appoints rival Lisa Nandy to top job but snubs Rebecca Long-Bailey

The new Labour leader has reshuffled the party's top team as he starts to make his mark. Out are Corbyn loyalists to be replaced by those on the soft left Read more ...

Coronavirus: Pulev pledges to donate half his purse from Joshua showdown to...

Coronavirus: Pulev pledges to donate half his purse from Joshua showdown to help fight pandemic

Kubrat Pulev will donate half of his purse from his potential world heavyweight title fight against Anthony Joshua to help medical workers fight the coronavirus. Read more ...

West Brom chief takes 100% pay cut but admits club have considered...

West Brom chief takes 100% pay cut but admits club have considered furloughing non-playing staff' 

West Brom chief executive Mark Jenkins will take a 100 per cent pay cut, with Baggies senior management team having also offered to take large reductions in their wages. Read more ...

Scotland's chief medic's TV apology after breaking own coronavirus rules

Scotland's chief medic's TV apology after breaking own coronavirus rules

Catherine Calderwood visited her family's second home in Fife, more than an hours travel from her primary home in Edinburgh, despite advising all Scots to stay home during the... Read more ...

Matt Hancock emotional as he says he's 'lost two people' to coronavirus

Matt Hancock emotional as he says he's 'lost two people' to coronavirus

Health Secretary Matt Hancock delivered this afternoon's press conference after the Department for Health and Social Care confirmed that the UK's Covid-19 death toll had risen... Read more ...

Tim Cahill picks Chelsea's Mason Mount as Premier League's most exciting...

Tim Cahill picks Chelsea's Mason Mount as Premier League's most exciting young player

Mount has been a breakout star for Chelsea this season Tim Cahill has identified Mason Mount as the Premier League 's most exciting young star. The Chelsea midfielder has... Read more ...

Champions League and Europa League could be CANCELLED if coronavirus...

Champions League and Europa League could be CANCELLED if coronavirus restrictions continue

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says playing behind closed doors is a better option than scrapping the season, but warned European competitions could be abandoned. Read more ...

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk picks Arsenal star to lead epic Premier League...

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk picks Arsenal star to lead epic Premier League five-a-side team

Van Dijk's team would be dominated by City players Virgil van Dijk has selected his Premier League five-a-side and picked Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to lead the team. The... Read more ...

Lord Bath of Longleat dead: Tributes as politician and animal-lover dies of...

Lord Bath of Longleat dead: Tributes as politician and animal-lover dies of coronavirus

LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK owner Lord Bath has died at the age of 87 after testing positive for coronavirus. Read more ...