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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.
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!
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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!
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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.
The Greek parliament has given the thumbs-up to supporting its poorest citizens with food subsidies, free electricity and housing allowances for thousands struggling during the country’s harsh economic crisis – despite having nearly run out of money.
The “humanitarian crisis” bill aimed at helping the poorest people in Greece was put forward by the country’s new left-wing government, but got strong support from across the board.
Prime minister Alexis Tsipras was voted in earlier this year based on his party’s anti-austerity policies.
However, the move have severely ruffled feathers at the EU Commission, which insists Greece must run new policies by it first.
The move came as Germany warned that time was “tight” for debt-wracked Greece, though Tsipras is hoping for a breakthrough in talks on Geece’s debt in an upcoming summit in Brussels.
First there were spikes, now it’s sprinklers. Homeless people in San Francisco have been getting a wet welcome from St Mary’s cathedral, which installed sprinklers to deter rough sleepers.
A spokesperson from the church said the aim had been to “encourage them to relocate to other areas of the cathedral, which are protected and safer”.
But local station KCBS Radio found that homeless people and their belongings were being regularly soaked by the system, which automatically sprayed water at regular intervals throughout the night.
The church has now removed the sprinklers, which had been in place for several years.
Homeless charities in Glasgow have challenged Police Scotland over fears that homeless people are being unfairly stopped and searched.
The Marie Trust made a complaint about ‘heavy-handed’ policing outside its city centre premises in January, while the Simon Community Scotland says street workers have also raised concerns about rough sleepers being routinely stopped and searched.
Political leaders have called on police to ensure that their powers are not misused.
The force has been plagued with controversy since it emerged that levels of stop-and-search were disproportionally higher in Scotland than in London.