Tuesday 31 March 2015 11.54am
eDWaRD WooDWaRD wrote:
"Of the 3,500 vendors currently registered by the Big Issue, 25 per cent are Romanian or Roma, 66 per cent British and the remainder other nationalities."
So, already, to state "Today it is sold mainly by Romanians" is inaccurate.
That doesn't take away though, by the sound of it, that you can literally just walk up to the BI offices and start selling. Surely, they have a responsibility to vet people, especially when they are aware their brilliant idea is being exploited? That would be in their own interest as well.
I agree, vetting would be a good idea.
I wonder if those figures are UK wide and how it breaks down for London alone?
Though Big Issue might be like Shelter, another org I no longer support. They have told me they are apparently "required by law" to consider all applicants equally regardless of length of stay in the UK or eligibility to stay here. This has resulted in them pushing many resources into applications for the recently arrived immigrant poor rather than people who have been here all their lives. They don't get my money any more.