Big Issue vendors from EU countries face an uncertain future with the UK due to leave the EU in less than 18 months.
Vendors who are EU nationals could be left without support to assist them with applying for post-Brexit immigration status (settled status) because the Home Office is set to cut funding in mere weeks.
Fifty-seven organisations in the UK were granted a total of £9m from the department last April to provide practical support to an estimated 200,000 vulnerable or at-risk people applying to the scheme – which they must do in order to retain immigration rights after Brexit.
The support has only been guaranteed until March and the Home Office has announced no plans for any extension, refusing to guarantee any funding beyond March 2020.
The Big Issue Foundation has been working with Migrant Help to support Big Issue vendors with their applications for settled status. Migrant Help are a charity offering advice and support to refugees, victims of slavery and human trafficking and asylum seekers in the UK.