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 Lavinia Neda, 29, who usually sells the magazine on Llandaff High Street. The vendor, who has become one of the latest Big Issue sellers to join LinkedIn, talks about making the most of new opportunities.
Lockdowns have taken income away from hundreds of Big Issue sellers. Support The Big Issue and our vendors by signing up for a subscription.
The lockdown has not only impacted Preda's income from selling the magazine, but he has also lost other work. We’re still here for our vendors – helping out however we can.
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I’ve been selling The Big Issue for nine years and I enjoy it, it’s part of my life. It was my first job and now it’s very strange being in lockdown. It’s hard not selling the magazine, not being out and seeing my friends and my customers. And of course it’s about the money too, I need it for my family.