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Issue 1479 - Ghost Towns

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Ghost towns
Our vendors are on the frontline when it comes to the decline of the high street. The pandemic has worsened a crisis that was already being experienced across the country as poverty increases while housing is harder to secure. Laura Kelly travelled to one of Britain’s hardest hit areas to find out from vendors and community activists the challenges they face and their ideas to overcome them. This feature is accompanied by a couple of great video reports so do check them out on Monday.

Shaun Ryder
He’s gone from drug-munching, melon-twisting Happy Mondays frontman to Gogglebox-starring national treasure. We speak to him about the steps he’s taken on that journey.

Also inside:
- Kindertransport refugee Baron Dubs says the Afghanistan crisis highlights how we have to change our approach to the asylum system
- Homeless football is coming home as the Homeless World Cup holds its first tournament since 2019
- A message to Terry Hall’s younger self as The Specials singer explains how a life of protest gave him a reason to believe
Jake Bugg revisits the council estate where he grew up in Nottingham to find out how life is now in the UK’s poorest city
- A look at the sublime submariners of Vigil
- Plus our vendor Lewis in Cardiff shows off his parkour skills!
And much more!

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The Big Issue has spent over 27 years at the helm of self-help revolution. It all began with the launch of The Big Issue magazine in 1991, which was created to offer homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income by selling a magazine on the streets. Since then over 200 million copies magazine have been sold by over 100,000 people. Vendors buy the magazine upfront for £1.50 and sell it on to the public for £3.00, and in doing so each runs their own micro-enterprise. In 2005 Big Issue Invest was launched, with the aim of extending The Big Issue’s mission by financing the growth of social enterprises and charities across the UK. To date the organisation has directly invested in over 350 such organisations, and manages or advises on more than £170 million of social funds.
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