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How much does The Big Issue cost?

Buy a magazine and help dismantle poverty at the same time!

How much does The Big Issue cost?

A vendor sells The Big Issue magazine

The Big Issue was launched in 1991 in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets, and over 30 years later we still provide homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless the opportunity to work their way out of poverty.

Since the magazine was founded, we have been in partnership with the people who sell it. As we head into the festive period this year, vendors buy The Big Issue for £2 and sell it for £4. Each seller is a micro-entrepreneur who is working, not begging. We have helped over 100,000 vendors, some of the most vulnerable people in the country, earn over £120 million in the last 30 years.

Currently there are around 1500 vendors up and down the UK who last year alone earned a total of £5.5 million through selling the magazine.

Find out more about the work of The Big Issue here.

The Big Issue sells more than 70,000 copies every week and has a readership of almost 350,000.

So The Big Issue costs £4 but collective sales gives a great boost to those often marginalised by society. Our vendors come from a variety of backgrounds and face the myriad of problems associated with poverty and inequality.

Selling the magazine generates vital income for them, but more than that, it helps build their self-esteem and teaches them new skills, through interacting with members of the public. This can often be the first step towards them being secure enough to tackle their personal problems, or helping them go on to find other jobs.

The Big Issue is an award-winning publication, which has challenged and shaped public perceptions and inspired over 100 similar magazines in 35 countries worldwide.

A great read and a great deed – buy The Big Issue from your local vendor today!

National Vendor Week 2024

A celebration of people who are working their way out of poverty.
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