Once again, we have found ourselves in lockdown across England. Once again Big Issue vendors have been stripped of their income overnight.
Asking over 1,000 vendors to stop selling for a second time was not a decision The Big Issue took lightly. It was made with the careful consideration of government guidelines alongside the health and safety of vendors and their customers.
When the UK locked down in March, we were able to give financial and emotional support to vendors thanks to the generosity of the public.
And this time is no different. Frontline teams are continuing to stay in contact with vendors, providing reassurance as well as gift payments and supermarket vouchers to reduce the impact of lost income. We have already provided a first wave of financial support to over 1,000 vendors.
No matter how challenging it is, getting vendors ‘Cashless Ready’ remains a priority. Currently we have supported 509 vendors across the UK to go cashless.
We have also been providing additional support where needed.