Has Big Issue selling in Southport become BIG business?

One-third of Big Issue sellers are now Romanian: Job once reserved for Britain’s homeless has been swamped by Eastern European immigrants. And many of them have homes AND claim benefits. Many Big Issue sellers in Southport now own apple iphones whilst most people struggle to afford pay as you go phones. Over the past 20 years, they have become a familiar fixture on our high streets often with an engaging line in patter.

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Through their determination to work themselves out of poverty, Big Issue sellers have won the hearts of the more fortunate, who happily buy the magazine and give them £1 coins in the knowledge they are helping those in genuine difficulty. But over the past year or two, there has been a noticeable change in the appearance of the typical Big Issue seller, with women from the poorer parts of Eastern Europe, in their long skirts and headscarves, increasingly replacing the male, native British homeless people.

Has Big Issue selling become BIG business?

Quote from Daily Mail: Conservative MP David Davies said: ‘The Big Issue was set up to help the homeless, not as a racket to allow people to migrate over here so they can play on people’s generosity and claim benefits. This is going to undermine trust in the magazine among the public who want to help those in genuine need.’

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