There has been a shocking rise in homelessness in 2017 – both rough sleeping and hidden numbers. It is clear that nobody has a simple and sure-footed means of getting to grips with it, and the underlying poverty and deeper issues that lead to it. However, it is also clear that many people are trying. There is a focus on homelessness and a desire to break the cycle. We’re opening up The Big Issue to ideas. Introducing… The Big Issue Platform
The Big Issue Platform will be non-partisan and open to politicians, policy makers, business, third-sector leaders, readers and vendors. Anybody who has an idea that can be part of the solution – send it to us via Twitter @BigIssue, on Facebook, email email@example.com or write to us: The Big Issue, 43 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 1HW.
Sadiq Khan – Mayor of London
Nowhere are the consequences of London’s housing crisis starker than on our streets, where thousands of people will feel they have no choice but to sleep rough in the capital this winter.
As millions of people across London gather to celebrate in the warmth and comfort with their family and loved ones, it is shocking that in one of the richest cities on earth, so many people will find themselves on the streets and at the mercy of the elements.
As Mayor, I am committed to doing everything in my power to help – as one person sleeping rough in our city will always be one too many.
Over the last week, it’s been heartening to see how many Londoners care passionately about this issue too. Since launching my ‘No one needs to sleep rough in London’ campaign just a few days ago, Londoners have been incredibly generous. This response is not only inspiring, but encouraging others to get involved. All the money raised will go directly to the London Homeless Charities Group – a coalition of 18 leading charities working to tackle rough sleeping. This includes The Big Issue Foundation, which has done a huge amount to help rough sleepers over the last two decades.