Big Issue vendors across the region face 'very desperate times'

A Big Issue vendor from Plymouth has spoken about the "desperate times" the coronavirus lockdown has left vendors like him in across the region.

There are around 2000 Big Issue vendors across the UK, all of whom rely on shoppers buying the magazine to make an income.

But with high streets empty, their earnings have been reduced to nothing.

Clive can usually be seen outside Plymouth Theatre Royal. Credit: ITV West Country

Clive, who can usually be seen outside the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, has had to temporarily stop selling on the streets and self-isolate. He told ITV News:

50% of any money coming through new subscriptions, donations to the website, or purchases of a digital copy of the magazine will now go to vendors. Credit: ITV West Country

Big Issue, who help people living in poverty, has set up an emergency support fund to help their vendors during the crisis.

They will also go on sale in two major high-street shops for the first time in their 29-year history, with the profits going straight into a vendor support fund.

The magazine was created to help those living in poverty. Credit: ITV West Country
There are around 2000 Big Issue vendors across the UK. Credit: ITV West Country

Clive says he's "trying to be optimistic". He said: