Big Issue fight

By Hamish Mackay

The Big Issue Scotland has criticised Glasgow City Council for demanding greater powers to deal with street sellers.

The response follows a call by the city council to the Scottish
Executive to change the law so that Big Issue sellers, market
researchers, beggars and buskers, who escape the requirements for a
street trader’s licence, would need to be regulated.

Big Issue sellers are currently exempt as they are designated as newspaper vendors.

von Barsewisch, chief executive of Big Issue Scotland, said: “We
already have a badging system and a code of conduct for vendors. I do
not see the need for more bureaucracy.”

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