“The big issue for me was avoiding upwards of 200,000 people instantly becoming homeless.
“So in a way, The Big Issue works with people who were already homeless but now I wanted to work on preventing people becoming homeless.”
By Spring 2021, 2.6 million people are expected to be unemployed in the UK. The economy has contracted by 11.3 per cent and is not likely to recover until the fourth quarter of 2022.
According to the District Council’s Network, which represents 187 authorities across England, hundreds of thousands of people could become homeless across England.
TV Architect and campaigner George Clarke recently joined charities, businesses and think tanks in supporting the campaign, calling on the government to work with The Big Issue to prevent mass unemployment and homelessness.
“I feel duty bound to do something. So that’s why I’m joining The Big Issue and that’s why I’m going to be making a big noise about the work of RORA,” Clarke said.
Bird added: “The Ride Out Recession Alliance is about building back better, it’s about getting things right and not pretending that we can return to the old days.
“A lot of it is around the environment, a lot of it is around green jobs and a lot of it is about distance learning and all those skills.
“I hope you will like the Ride Out Recession Alliance and we’d like to see whether you in any way could get involved.”
How can I get involved?
- Join the Big Issue’s Ride Out Recession Alliance Facebook Group and become part of the conversation
- Let us know your big ideas on how we can prevent homelessness and protect jobs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign up to get updates on the progress of the campaign
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