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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


Mat Amp, who knows a thing or two about addiction, met the editor of Illegal magazine and found out more about the campaign for decriminalisation.

An addict on a central London street shivers against the cold and the rising junk sickness in her soul. She has been arrested numerous times for drug use and solicitation, and scrapes...


There's a complicated relationship between begging and homelessness. And the solutions are not about sweeping people off the streets.

It’s a sunny evening in Glasgow and Edward is begging just a few feet from Rogano, a posh Glasgow oyster bar in the city centre. He says his Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), first granted after he injured...


Breaking News

A new bill, proposed by the Conservative MP, could transform homeless services...
The majority of UK citizens – 51.9 per cent – voted on...
Skippering, a colloquial British term for rough sleeping, is a 30-minute ‘sonic...
This month the people of London will vote in a new Mayor...
Can I claim JSA if I don't have a fixed address?...
A recent report published by the homeless charity Crisis and the Joseph...


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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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


California’s homeless crisis

 26 July 2016

Los Angeles County has voted to call for California State ‘declaration of emergency’ on the state’s homelessness crisis, reports the Los Angeles Times.

It is estimated that there are currently around 115,738 homeless people in California, with 47,000 of them living in Los Angeles County, according to the LA Homeless Services Authority.

The County has been lobbying for a change in California’s state law which would allow LA officials to force a special tax on locals who earn over $1 million.

This money would be used to help the homeless problem, but so far the plan has been rejected. It is hoped that the ‘emergency declaration’ will now encourage more Californian money and resources to be spent on the homeless problem.


Homeless in Tokyo ‘invisible’

 26 July 2016

Cardboard homes in Uena Park, Tokyo. © Arnold Toynbee.

The Japanese government has reported positive changes in Tokyo's homelessness problems.

But some people are criticising the government's claims, according to the Japan Times.

Critics claim surveys, which supposedly show improvements, are done only during the day, when the majority of the city's homeless people are hidden among the bustle of streets, rather than at night when homeless people are visible.

The official survey also missed out people who haven't registered for government support in fear that their family or former workmates might find out about their situation.

Tokyo’s Advocacy and Research Centre for Homelessness (ARCH) estimate that there are a total of 671 homeless people in just three of Tokyo’s 23 districts.

This number is almost three time more than the Japanese government’s official figure.


Vienna's homeless people offered jobs as city tour guides

 26 July 2016


A start-up enterprise called 'Shades Tour Vienna' is running tours around Austria's capital city by employing homeless people as guides.

The social business intends to provide paid jobs and valuable work experience to the city's 7,100 homeless people, who often find it difficult to get employment, according to the Independent.

The tours include all the usual city landmarks, but also visit either an emergency night shelter, a soup kitchen or a social work session.

This extra stop gives the homeless, or ex-homeless, tour guide the opportunity to share a bit of their world and life experience with tourists – changing the public's view of homelessness.


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