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The Big Issue

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We believe books matter. We believe reading matters. And across the UK, libraries are closing at an alarming, unprecedented rate; librarians are disappearing fast. This must stop. That is why today we launch our new Big Issue campaign – we’ll back those fighting to keep libraries open across Britain, agitate for better support for bookshops, and in the coming weeks we will unveil exciting new projects to take books where they are needed.

As Big Issue founder John Bird told Parliament last year: "If you're going to cut libraries you must be prepared to build more prisons and more homeless hostels.” We want to hear from you – tell us what matters to you and we’ll spread the word.

• Also... Affable, angry and well-informed in equal measure, Hollywood superstar Michael Keaton explains why he is making a meal of McDonald’s history and reveals his passion for Scottish folk. PLUS discover the History of the Modern World in 12 McDonald’s.

• "Everything I have done is wonderful." So says Werner Herzog in his Letter To My Younger Self. Find out how the bonkers film-maker acquired his cast-iron conviction, rock-hard self-belief, and why he’s pleased nobody ever "got hurt" on his film sets.

• “There’s not enough government support for all the people who need it,” says Evgeny Lebedev. The boss of The Independent and Evening Standard explains why he’s agitating for an urgently-needed one-stop homelessness phone line to help young rough sleepers.

• Our featured vendor this week is Michael Rossi in Cardiff. He has sung alongside Charlotte Church, but his real passion lies in Black Sabbath.


Please note once this edition is no longer on sale with Big Issue vendors (from Monday 20th February) it will be classed as a 'back issue'. All back issues are priced at £4 per copy plus P&P
The Big Issue is a magazine sold by homeless and long-term unemployed people. Vendors buy copies for £1.25 and sell for £2.50. They are working, not begging.

Since The Big Issue was launched in 1991 we have helped thousands of vulnerable people take control of their lives. We currently work with around 2000 individuals across the UK offering them the opportunity to earn a legitimate income; to ‘help them to help themselves’.

We endeavour to dispatch orders within 2 working days from receipt of order and payment approval.

Most of the time orders are despatched the same day if received by 2 pm.

Please ensure that the shipping address you have given us is correct. We cannot be held responsible for items not delivered if the shipping address is incorrect or incomplete

Weight Based Shipping Rates:

 UK Shipping Standard  Weight KG  Price
   0 - 0.26  £3.50
   0.27 - 1.00  £3.99
   1.01 - 2.00  £4.99
   2.01 - 2.70  £8.99
   2.71 - 3.5  £10.00
   3.6 +  £15.00
      
 Express Next Day Orders Before 2PM  Weight KG  Price
   0 - 1.00  £9.99
   1.01 - 2.00  £11.50
   2.01 - 10.00  £29.00
     
 International Priority Mail - Europe  Weight KG  Price
   0 - 0.26  £8.50
   0.27 - 1.00  £12.50
   1.01 - 2.00  £18.00
   2.01 - 2.7  £22.00
   2.71 - 3.5  £35.00
   3.51 +  £40.00
     
 International Priority Mail - Rest of World  Weight KG  Price
   0 - 0.26  £8.50
   0.27 - 1.00  £12.50
   1.01 - 2.00  £19.50
   2.01 - 2.7  £25.00
   2.71 - 3.5  £35.00
   3.51 +  £40.00

Standard Delivery

Please note: orders may require a signature on receipt.

Standard Delivery packages, which will not fit through your letterbox, may be taken back to the postal depot for collection (a note will be left notifying you of this).

Please note we cannot be responsible for orders undelivered to a business address using Standard Royal Mail service.

Next Working Day - Guaranteed before 1 pm

Order before 2:00 PM for NEXT WORKING DAY DELIVERIES (Royal Mail Special Delivery).

For orders posted on Friday: Saturday is not classed as a working day by Royal Mail so we cannot guarantee delivery on a Saturday. However, most Special Deliveries posted on a Friday are delivered on the Saturday before 1 pm.

Orders will require a signature on receipt.

If you are not in at the time of delivery Royal Mail should leave a card to inform you where your parcel has been left or so you can arrange for re-delivery.

DELIVERY WITHIN EUROPE:

Delivered within 5-10 working days by Royal Mail Airmail & International Signed For.

A Tracked order service is available for certain countries. Requires a signature on receipt.

ACROSS THE REST OF THIS WONDERFUL GLOBE OF OURS:

Standard Delivery - approximately 8-12 working days. Orders will require a signature on receipt.

PLEASE NOTE WE CAN ONLY DELIVER TO THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA,

This is important.

Any customs or import duties are levied once the package reaches its destination country. Additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by the recipient. We have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; you may want to contact your local customs office for further information.

We offer a No Hassle Returns, Refund and Exchange policy.

Please refer to the information on your Delivery Note and proceed to the Customer Service link at the bottom of this site.

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