Isabella McRae
Isabella McRae is a senior reporter at The Big Issue specialising in social justice. She reports on a wide range of issues including poverty and inequality, the benefits system, disability rights, housing, health, immigration, gender equality and much more. Isabella was a winner of the PPA Next Gen Awards in 2023, formerly known as the 30 under 30. She was shortlisted for journalist of the year in the Scope Disability Awards 2024.
Council tax is going up for millions in April. Here's what to do if you're struggling to pay
council tax/ houses
Cost of living crisis

Council tax is going up for millions in April. Here's what to do if you're struggling to pay

Water bills are going up in April 2024. Here's what to do if you're struggling to pay
Cost of living crisis

Water bills are going up in April 2024. Here's what to do if you're struggling to pay

Care worker faced homelessness as low pay left her with 'nothing' to fall back on
social care/ abbie bowler
Social care

Care worker faced homelessness as low pay left her with 'nothing' to fall back on

Unsecured debt such as credit cards and loans at highest level in a decade, charity warns
debt/ credit card
Debt

Unsecured debt such as credit cards and loans at highest level in a decade, charity warns

DWP could be 'fantastic' under Labour, says ex-minister Stephen Timms: 'Don't write the DWP off'
labour/ starmer and reeves
Politics

DWP could be 'fantastic' under Labour, says ex-minister Stephen Timms: 'Don't write the DWP off'

Millions of kids are in poverty and Jeremy Hunt wants a 'carrot and stick' benefits system
jeremy hunt
benefits

Millions of kids are in poverty and Jeremy Hunt wants a 'carrot and stick' benefits system

More than 700,000 children plunged into poverty since Tories came to power: 'We're going backwards'
Child poverty

More than 700,000 children plunged into poverty since Tories came to power: 'We're going backwards'

DWP benefits 'too low' to cover basic living costs, government warned: 'Completely unacceptable'
benefits/ money
Benefits

DWP benefits 'too low' to cover basic living costs, government warned: 'Completely unacceptable'

Debt advice: These charities and organisations can help you if you're struggling with debt
debt advice/ call
Debt

Debt advice: These charities and organisations can help you if you're struggling with debt

'We are heartbroken': Hull group loses hip-hop bus which fights poverty and changes lives
beats bus
Community

'We are heartbroken': Hull group loses hip-hop bus which fights poverty and changes lives

Millions of people at risk of 'toxic cycle' of long-term mental health and money problems
money and mental health
Cost of living crisis

Millions of people at risk of 'toxic cycle' of long-term mental health and money problems

UK 'no longer a leader in disability rights' as UN finds Tory policy has led to 'hate'
united nations/ disability rights
Disability rights

UK 'no longer a leader in disability rights' as UN finds Tory policy has led to 'hate'