More than 1,000 Big Issue vendors are out of work because of the third lockdown in England. They are unable to sell the magazine and can’t rely on the income they need.
We have been checking in with vendors to find out how they are getting on during this uncertain time.
In this piece, we hear from Preda Ilie, 40, who usually sells the magazine outside Greggs in Alnwick. He’s being supported by The Big Issue after losing not one but three jobs during lockdown. Despite this, he’s keeping positive.
Lockdowns have taken income away from hundreds of Big Issue sellers. Support The Big Issue and our vendors by signing up for a subscription.
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— The Big Issue (@BigIssue) February 15, 2021
This lockdown period has been difficult for me because as well as not being able to sell the magazine I’ve also lost my other job as a dishwasher in a restaurant. I’m getting help from The Big Issue office, a £25 voucher each week, plus I’ve had a little bit more because people have been subscribing in my name.