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Issue 1411 - Stay Alert

There has been huge focus on Westminster’s success in effectively ending mass rough sleeping since the coronavirus crisis began. The government has promised that no one will be thrown back on to the street as restrictions are eased – but there could be another emergency looming. Some 500,000 people in precarious financial circumstances could be about to go over the homelessness cliff edge. The Big Issue investigates in this week’s magazine.

Also inside:

- University Challenge star Bobby Seagull says that from digital inclusion to social justice, libraries will be vital to our post-Covid reboot in a piece penned exclusively for The Big Issue
- Musician and News frontman Huey Lewis describes the anguish of losing his hearing in a Letter to My Younger Self
- Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa opens up about his experience of homelessness and why he’s grateful it didn’t happen during the pandemic
- Vendor Jeff may be Bristol’s most positive man. Be strong, keep going and keep fighting is the advice he gives to readers

All this, and more, only in this week’s Big Issue!

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