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the Pavement 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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Mass panic
The roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) is creating panic and leaving people struggling to survive, reports our Glasgow News GroupWe spoke to support staff, rights advisers and food bank workers, as well as people now on the UK-wide Universal Credit (UC) benefit, to find out what was happening....
Fix your teeth
Not only can problems with your teeth lead to sleepless nights and dental pain, but they can also affect your self-esteem and your mood. Poor dental health and appearance can have implications for your mental health too. Visiting a dentist can be the first step to improving your...
This too will pass
Survival gifts by Anne CooperRecently I was accosted by a woman on...
Down on luck?
How building resilience can help you feel better. Intro from Groundswell’s Mental...
Let someone believe in you
An inspiring mess“When I was homeless, the Pavement booklet was my Bible! It helped...
Working homeless: Homeless paradox
There’s a dispiriting new trend: having a job but still being homeless....


07 March 2018
Our team of peer journalists from the 'From the Ground Up' project talk about perceptions of homelessness.
09 February 2017
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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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. 


01 March 2019

David Fussell wrote, produced, directed and starred in his action-horror-spy movie, Mystic Demon Killer, while sleeping outside Heal's on Tottenham Court Road. Recently VICE hosted the film's premiere at Screen on the Green, Islington and on 22 March releases a documentary about David. Watch his film on line (Vimeo).

Fighting back

01 March 2019
© Pastles Productions @sleepingroughfilm © Pastles Productions @sleepingroughfilm
In the short film Sleeping Rough, shown at February’s Homeless Film Festival in Elephant & Castle, Catherine (Ellé Payne) becomes homeless after moving from care into an abusive relationship. She escapes on to the streets, though this isn’t safe. Director Owain Astles says the stories were inspired by homeless people. The cast included people who had been homeless, including talented Ellé who has also acted in Cardboard Citizens’ LandAid and Cathy Come Home.

Helping talent

01 March 2019
© Accumulate © Accumulate

Accumulate, the charity that works with six hostels for young homeless people running creative workshops, celebrated its fifth birthday in January. Pic is of Depaul resident Lisalouise MacGregor, 21, with her mum, after securing a funded place at Ravensbourne University thanks to an Accumulate photo course.

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