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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


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 the experiences of the Word on the Street team. Here, “Joe” explains what he learned from living in a hostel When I first moved into Peter McCann House (PMH), my son had just died, me and my...
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...
“With art, it’s about the artist these days – the story behind...


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

 03 November 2014

A new law which will give police and councils wide-ranging new powers and which authorities claim will help them tackle anti-social behaviour came into force at the end of last month.

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act will allow police and local authorities to ban activities in public spaces, restrict the behaviour of particular individuals, disperse people from an area and confiscate their property.

Among new measures being rolled out as part of the act are Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), which will give authorities new powers to control activities in public spaces. Councils will be able to ban any activity they judge to have a ‘detrimental effect’ on the ‘quality of life’ and dish out £100 on-the-spot fines for violations.

Some homeless campaigners are concerned it could be used to further criminalise rough sleepers.

Have you been affected by PSPOs?

Email and tweet using the #ASBact hashtag.


Film tells rough sleeping story

 03 November 2014

An emerging film maker hoping to make a film about the true story of a young women on living on the streets of London, is launching a campaign to raise funds.

A Horse Called Oz will be a short film based on the true story of Naomi, a horse riding instructor who came London after her a family breakdown and ended up sleeping rough.

Director Paul Young, who previously made The Glowing Hours, first met Naomi in Camden.

He said: “Meeting Naomi opened my eyes to a lot of things. I think a true sign of strength is the ability to change and start over when you’re in a completely alienated situation. It takes a lot of grit and determination, and a sense of purpose – in Naomi’s case, that was working with horses.”

Young is looking for funding for his Indiegogo campaign, but called on those who can’t afford to give to spread the word and support by sharing information about the film.


Council conspiracy

 03 November 2014

Housing officers conspired to unlawfully evict a Sudanese refugee from his council flat, destroy all his possessions and cover up the evidence, a court has ruled.

The man, who had been a tenant of Southwark Borough Council in London for 23 years before he was evicted over rent arrears of £18 per week, ended up living on the streets and sofa surfing for over a year.

They entered his home while he was at a court hearing and removed all his possessions, including his laptop and data sticks containing years’ worth of research, his passport, and his credit card.

The man, known as AA in the court case, said he felt robbed of his dignity and pride.

Judge Anthony Thornton, QC, said: “The various officers conspired to evict AA by unlawful means, to seize and destroy his possessions by unlawful means and to cause him harm and loss by evicting him and dispossessing him of his possessions.”

Southwark Borough Council, admitted they had had acted badly “in the wrong” and said it had reached an out-of-court settlement with the man.


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