By David Meiklejohn
The INSP conference in Glasgow today warned that this
generation is at risk of reverting to a Victorian idea of the “undeserving poor”
– but said that street papers provide an answer.
generation, we are creating an idea of undeserving poor,” argued Jim Mullan,
CEO of The Big Issue UK.
mission is and this is where we are most powerful.”
around the world balance their social mission with economic stability.
Persson of The Big Issue Australia and Paulo Gallo of Swiss paper Surprise, and
chaired by Fay Selvan of The Big Issue in the North, the panel debate examined how INSP
members make decisions over what funding to accept.
there is no margin there is no mission, but there has to be a mission.
very important we stand together as a group, it is perfectly possible to meet
the needs of homeless people with without exploitation, and without having
someone in a dark room making a lot of money.”
Steven Persson [pictured] argued that due to the number of benefits being handed out by
the government, it was important for potential customers to recognise the
magazine is not being reliant on taxpayers’ money. He added that the product “has
to be in the marketplace as receiving no government funding.”
of Danish paper Hus Forbi saying: “It is very important for us not to be
dependent [on government funding]. Both politically and economically, we like
to be independent.”
of how funding would have to meet certain criteria before being accepted.
of our decisions about funding run through that filter, if the money is in line
with our mission then we would take it. But for example, we would not take
money from Walmart.”