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Homelessness


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The Big Issue is a street newspaper that support the homeless, the vulnerably housed and the poor.

Big Issue sellers are registered, complete a training course and sign a code of conduct before they are allowed to sell the magazine. The code of conduct states the rules that the seller must abide by. The sellers are not employed by the Big Issue they are effectively self-employed.

All registered sellers have a date badge in view and wear a red Big Issue tabard whilst selling the magazine. If you have any feedback or queries about Big Issue sellers then contact the Big Issue:

Email: vendor.comments@bigissue.com
Telephone: 0207 526 3444


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Busking is not illegal. However, to do so, you may need a licence from your local council. Some local authorities have passed byelaws prohibiting busking altogether. If you want to busk we advise contacting your local authority to see if any byelaws have been passed with regards to busking. Children under 14 years may not busk.

Please see the website in related information to find your local authority.


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The police have limited capabilities in helping homeless people. If you are made homeless in office hours the best place to go is to the council who often have specialist centres dedicated to helping homeless people find accommodation.

If you find yourself homeless out of office hours, then you may attend at the nearest police station. The police will have details of local hostels and will contact each one to try and find you a place in one which is suitable. The police can only help in finding you a place for that night, for any long-term accommodation the hostel and the local authority will be able to help you.

If you do unfortunately find yourself homeless then it is advisable to attend as early as possible at the local authority or police station as places in hostels fill up very quickly.

You will be asked a series of personal questions relating to any problems with alcohol, drugs or mental health. These questions are important for your safety, the safety of the staff and other residents at the hostel. You are also likely to be asked for your National Insurance number.

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Every council has responsibilities towards someone who is homeless. If you go to the council claiming that you are homeless they will carry out an assessment (a questionnaire) on you and your situation.

If the council decides that you are classed as priority then they have to find you accommodation. Priority would be classed as elderly, disabled, pregnant mother, a person fleeing violence, severe medical condition, juvenile etc.

If you are not classed as priority then the council will make every effort to find you accommodation. However places in hostels are limited.

See the website in related information to find your local authority.

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