The Big Fight Against Poverty

The UK has long had a poverty problem, with a decade of public service cuts pushing families across the country further into hardship - affecting one in every four or five people.

Some drivers of poverty are life events, like illness or redundancy. But most are structural, and exacerbated by increasing living costs, creating a cycle that keeps people trapped in hardship. 

It's particularly difficult for people dealing with mental health issues like addiction to escape poverty, and people who have been in prison can find it difficult to get a job to support themselves.

People in poverty are also less likely to have strong social support networks around them because all their energy has to be used to survive with few resources. This puts them at higher risk of homelessness and addiction problems.

The Big Issue has been working towards dismantling poverty by creating opportunity for some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the UK for 30 years. By subscribing it supports our mission by creating opportunity through self-help, social trading, digital solutions, and business solutions.

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