The system was trialled in several places, including Bath and Bristol, and the success led to the decision to rollout nationwide.
The boss of a Plymouth homelessness charity says the number of people asking for help in the city is higher than ever before.
Truro Big Issue vendor Nick was determined to turn his life around after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
They're familiar faces on our walks to work, around around our local towns and cities - but who are our Big Issue vendors?
Plymouth Big Issue vendor Clive shows ITV News how far he has come since his darkest days of alcoholism and sleeping rough.
Ann Warke from Newton Abbot has described how an eight-week wait for her Universal Credit payment risked her rented home.