The Big Issue (TBI) has called upon the public to support its network of vendors unable to sell due to a third national lockdown by subscribing or donating to an The Big Issue’s 100 Days of Action Appeal.
Following the Government announcement of the third national lockdown, 1,386 Big Issue vendors are once again unable to sell the magazine.
Big Issue vendors are self-employed, buying magazines for £1.50 before selling them on for £3. This means that they are not eligible for furlough and they cannot work from home.
During the last two lockdowns, TBI was able to support vendors with payments over this period due to the incredible generosity of members of the public and businesses, enabling their Frontline team to work closely with vendors and offer emotional as well as financial support.
The organisation is asking the public to support The Big Issue’s 100 Days of Action Appeal, in a countdown to a hopeful end of lockdown and improved situation as the vaccination programme rolls out across the UK.
Lord John Bird, Founder of The Big Issue, said: