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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


Bonny Clyde Allyson was born into a gangster family, hence the name. Her parents were real-life versions of Bonny and Clyde, true partners in crime, except the dark reality of vicious violence was far from glamorous.

For Bonny, it meant constant fear, little security and a period where she had no stable home for six years. She...


Irving Welsh, readers and homeless charities send a bit love our way.

“Congratulations to the Pavement magazine on its 10-year anniversary. Obviously, such celebrations are always bittersweet. The paradox is that nobody working on such magazines wants them to exist, and that they do says a lot about the very worst and best about...


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23 June 2015

Our Glasgow Word On The Street project went so well that we are now running it in London. Véronique Mistiaen, lecturer and human rights journalist, led the second session, 'How to tell your own story'. you can read more about the project on her blog, The Right Human. Check out the trainees' blog to follow their progress from newbie to news hound.

23 June 2015

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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!

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


Showing our impact

 11 September 2015

The Pavement has launched a short film to show the impact it makes on our reader's lives. 

The pocket-sized magazine, for a homeless readership, is marking its 10th anniversary this week. It aims to raise enough funds to help 'keep it on the streets' next year, allowing homeless people to benefit from its unique blend of news, listings and advice. 

Christopher Ubsdell, who features in the film, spend over 10 years sleeping rough before getting a flat last year.

He said: “Another homeless person told me: ‘You need to get hold of a copy of the Pavement because it has all the information you need in there’.

“Living on the streets isn’t easy. You don’t really know how it is you’re supposed to help yourself. When I first got my hands on a copy of the Pavement, it was like a beacon.  It was like someone out there saying to me: ‘We can help you.’”

The Pavement receives no statutory funds and relies on trusts and donations to survive. It is distributed to over 70 homeless projects, days centres and night shelters free by Fareshare in London, the West Midlands and Scotland. Currently almost 50 organisations are on our waiting list. 

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Fast food snub

 09 September 2015

Too depressing to translate!

McDonald’s has apologised for an incident in which workers in one of the US burger chain’s French franchises appeared to be threatened with the sack for feeding homeless people.

A photograph circulating on Twitter showed a notice pinned up at the McDonald’s in Hyeres near Marseille, which said: “It is absolutely forbidden to provide food to vagrants.”


Sex workers ‘need protection’

 09 September 2015

Amnesty International has passed a vote to support the decriminalisation of consensual sex workers.

It claims the decision recognises the need to protect the human rights of sex workers.

“Sex workers are one of the most marginalized groups in the world who in most instances face constant risk of discrimination, violence and abuse,” said Salil Shetty, secretary-general of Amnesty International.

The move has been welcomed by many sex workers and their supporters, who believe that it will make their lives safer.

However, others have criticised the move, including celebrities Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, who say the proposal legitimises the abuse of women and further fuels sex trafficking.


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