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thePavement is the free magazine for the UK's homeless people

We are committed to publishing objective reportage, tailored to a homeless readership, and to publicising the complete range of services available to homeless people, to reduce hardship amongst our readers and to enable them to guide their future.

We believe that drives to produce homogenous services for homeless people are misguided, and that a range of service types and sizes are the only way to cater successfully for our diverse readership.

We believe that sleeping rough is physically and mentally harmful; however, we do not preach to those who chosen to, nor do we believe that all options to get off the streets are necessarily beneficial to long-term health and happiness.



Your rights

The Rights Guide for Rough Sleepers outlines your rights around arrest, stop and search, answering police questions, move-ons, no-drinking zones, sleeping rough, taking a pee in public and highway obstruction. It was put together by The Pavement, Housing Justice, Liberty and Zacchaeus 2000.

If your benefits have been sanctioned (cut off or reduced) and you feel this is unfair, you can appeal. Print this letter and hand it in at the office where you sign on. If you feel you need more advice about sanctions, contact  Zacchaeus 2000 or your nearest  Citizen’s Advice Bureau. And let us know at The Pavement!



If you are a journalist with some free time to research and write stories for the magazine, please contact us . For other volunteering opportunities, please approach organisations listed on our Services pages or your local volunteer centre


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In the latest issue


Liisa, from Finland, who works for East London addictions charity SCT, has been in recovery for a year and a half. But when it comes to having a night out, she says it’s tricky to find places where alcohol is not involved. “For me, it’s not even that I’m...

It’s a typical grey day in Glasgow but at the Street Soccer tournament at the Power League pitches in Glasgow’s Townhead, the atmosphere feels electric. The players – all of whom are, or have been, homeless – dot the blaze pitches in their bright neon strips There are 21...
This month we introduce our new cartoon ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, loosely based on...
It’s been a pretty interesting few months to be in Scotland. As...
Benefit sanctions and welfare reform are having a terrible effect on...
Last month the Pavement brought you news that a parliamentary inquiry found...


04 November 2014

Our Glasgow-based Word on the Street team of reporters and photographers – along with London guest writers, who also have experience of the homelessness – has been working hard on a special edition that tells it how it is: benefit sanctions, a cartoon about hostel life and how football can change the world, for starters. The WOTS team is: Iain Alan, Brenda Brown, Brian Dobbie, Jason Kelly, Peter Kelly, Jim Little, Caroline McCue, Alex McKay, Patrick O’Hare and Roddy Woods. Thanks, team!

01 April 2014

Have you had your benefits cut off? Get in touch with Karin - thank you.

19 August 2011

Wow.  The Pavement’s Homeless City Guide, which appears in every issue of the magazine, has made it into New York’s Museum of Modern Art. 

Latest Stories

 02 December 2014

Having recently ordered the installation of showers for use by homeless people living around the Vatican, Pope Francis is now raffling off expensive gifts he has received to raise money for the poor – according to some reports, for the Vatican’s work around homelessness.

Raffle prizes include a new four-wheel-drive Fiat Panda, bicycles, an espresso coffee machine and watches.

The Pope is known for rejecting the rich trappings of his position, including ditching the traditional red cape trimmed with ermine worn by his predecessor.

Tickets for the raffle cost 10 euros ($12.50) and the winners will be announced on 8 January 2015.


One in 30 US children have been homeless

 02 December 2014

According to a new report, nearly 2.5 million children – or one in 30 – were homeless at some point in 2013.

Entitled America's Youngest Outcasts, the study by the National Center on Family Homelessness shows the number of homeless children in America has hit a new record level. The worst state was Alabama, followed by Mississippi and then California.

Carmela DeCandia, co-author of the report and director of the NCFH, told the Telegraph that while the government had made progress in reducing homelessness among veterans and the chronically homeless, “The same level of attention and resources has not been targeted to help families and children. As a society, we’re going to pay a high price, in human and economic terms.”


Wash ’n’ go

 02 December 2014

A mobile laundry service has been launched in Brisbane, Australia, to give local homeless people free access to washing and drying facilities.

The Orange Sky mobile laundry van contains two 10kg washers and dryers, which allow the team to get 20kg of washing done every hour.

Co-founder Lucas Patchett said they hope to achieve three things: "Restore respect, raise health standards and reduce strain on resources”.

The group behind the service currently follows food vans so service users can have their clothes cleaned while they eat, and they have linked up with some homeless shelters that don’t have their own laundry facilities.

The hope is eventually to expand the pilot project right across the country.


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