From Maggie to Marcus: A history of school dinners


A history of school meals - and what still needs to be done

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Fifty years ago this week, Margaret Thatcher (then education secretary) gained a ruthless reputation after snatching the milk from schoolchildren. This week we look at what happened next. Jamie Oliver tells us about taking on turkey twizzlers and looks forward to what has to happen to ensure kids aren't going hungry in the UK.


Cladding scandal

As we approach the four year anniversary of the devastating Grenfell fire we look at the lives still impacted. Survivor Antonio Roncolato shares his views on the ongoing enquiry and we meet people trapped in unsafe homes while arguments continue about who should be paying to upgrade fire safety standards in thousands of properties.


Also inside:

  • Former Labour leader Ed Miliband gives a frank Letter To My Younger Self talking about the upside of not being PM
  • As we warm up for the Euros kick-off, robotic striker Peter Crouch tells us what life is like for a player at a big tournament
  • Millicent Simmonds, star of A Quiet Place 2 says people with a disability don't need anyone else to play the hero
  • As Carers Week begins, we tell you how to access support many may be missing out on
  • And one of the first to know about the wedding of the year (Boris & Carrie) was Big Issue vendor Adrian who has a pitch nearby. He tells us what he witnessed…

Plus much more!

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Ed Miliband: 'I should have taken more chances'

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband talks of the influence of his father and how he would take more risks if he were to begin his career again

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'They knew about this': Residents' fury at New Providence Wharf fire findings

Leaseholders have called for action after fire chiefs found timber balconies spread fire rather than cladding while ventilation system turned building into 'broken chimney'

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Jamie Oliver: 'Marcus Rashford has done a brilliant job'

In a year when national health has been at the forefront, it begs the question why the UK still relies on celebrity campaigners to raise awareness of the food poverty blighting lives 

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Hospitality staff shortage: 'I thought, there's more to life than this'

Low pay, poor working conditions and Brexit are driving people away from jobs in bars and restaurants. The hospitality staff shortage won't change until the treatment of staff improves, workers and unions told The Big Issue

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Bryan Adams' photography will change how you think about homelessness

Rock star photographer Bryan Adams explains why he wanted to take portraits of Big Issue vendors, as his photography goes on show in London

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No recourse to public funds: What does it mean and who does it affect?

The no recourse to public funds condition locks migrant families out of the benefits system and "creates a culture of fear and confusion". Here's what you need to know

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'I'm a diplomat here': Big Issue vendor at heart of PM's 'secret' wedding

While Boris Johnson's wedding to Carrie Symonds might have evaded the press on May 29, Big Issue vendor Adrian Richmond was on the scene

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