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‘Out of touch’: Rishi Sunak urged everyone to ‘buy British’ food – but there are several big problems

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‘Great pity’ major parties are ignoring poverty in election, says Alastair Campbell and Rory Stewart

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‘I want to get out’: The fight for people with learning disabilities to live at home – not hospitals

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Inside the Big Issue: Learning Disability Week special edition

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General election 2024

General election 2024: Our Blueprint for Change calls on next government to end poverty for good

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Learning disability week 2024

Big Issue partners with Mencap for special edition put together by people with learning disabilities

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DWP universal credit increase 2024 – everything benefit claimants need to know

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June 2024 payment dates for DWP benefits – plus universal credit increase

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Cost of living payment 2024: Where to get help now the scheme is over

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Letters: DWP wants to make it as hard as possible to look after my disabled relatives

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Most Brits agree next government must offer safe routes for refugees. So why is nobody talking about it?

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Neither Labour nor Tories are going far enough for disabled people – we deserve better

Time is running out – the next government needs a proper plan to end reliance on food banks
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How outdated misconceptions about people with learning disabilities are holding society back

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‘No song written about football is actually any good’: The best and worst Euro 2024 songs, ranked

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‘Out of touch’: Rishi Sunak urged everyone to ‘buy British’ food – but there are several big problems

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