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Benefits pitfall

Unravelling the benefits maze by Ian Kalman

Question time
What’s the point of evaluating research on health care and homelessness?
Dealing with trauma and trauma informed care

Queer homelessness activist Carla Ecola explains what motivates their work

It's me, honest

Ian Kalman finds the move to Universal credit stressful

Pitch perfect

What’s it like wearing ppe? Big Issue vendors know


News in Brief 130: Jan – Feb 2021

Our round-up of what‘s been happening...

Photostories 130: Jan-Feb 2021
Photos with a story!
News in Brief 129: Nov – Dec 2020

Our round-up of what‘s been happening...

Better than nowhere

News in Brief 128: Sep – Oct 2020

Our round-up of what‘s been happening...

News in Brief 127: July – August 2020
Our round-up of what‘s been happening...


Gone missing

Every issue of the Pavement we run a Missing People advert
(see p2). Here Kate Graham from the organisation reveals how effective those ads can be

In pod we trust

How can night shelters be made more comfortable? Architect George Fisher talks through his pod solution for Ilford. Interview by Jake Cudsi


How many lies do you need to game a points-based housing system? By Rosie Roksoph

Cold comforts

Suddenly writers seem to be noticing individuals who are homeless. New books reviewed by Sarah Hough

Hard to believe?

Over the past few months Covid-19 adaptations have often made the news seem as if it was April Fool’s Day…

Reconnect together

Anne-Sophie Berrayah talks about Reconnect, a service which aims to reconnect excluded people to their communities. Interview by Sarah Hough


A new day

Is it just possible that things are changing for the better? Round-up by Deputy Editor Mat Amp


The book No Fixed Abode written by Maeve McClenaghan was reviewed in the last edition of the Pavement magazine. Here Maeve explains what motivated her. Interview by Sarah Hough

Better believe

Round-up of the 21st century lowlights and some positive personal changes by Mat Amp

Tattoo time

How Covid-19 changes in the way we get together and work shook Deputy Editor Mat Amp’s recovery

Behind bars

22 years ago Ruth Wyner, director of a Cambridge homelessness charity, was imprisoned for letting heroin be dealt by serviceusers on site. Here she discusses politics and prison with Matthew Hobbs


How a story about hope helped Deputy Editor Mat Amp rebuild his life.


Much too young: Kevin & Alex
Kevin and Alex are the reality behind the stats. Someone who sleeps rough has an average age of 47. Life expectancy in the UK is 81.
Florida homeless paper's editor dead
Suicide of Tampa Epoch’s founder leaves paper’s future in doubt
The names
Annual service remembers 146 homeless men and women
Alexander Withers
Wee Alex is badly missed by his friends and colleagues in Glasgow,
Commemorating friends and companions
The annual service of commemoration at St Martin’s was, as usual, touching and heart-breaking

Gerald Denny (Ged). Born: 02/03/55 Died: 08/12/18. Funeral: 17/05/19. Obit from Samir Jeraj (sent in August 2019).

Your voice

Seaside trip

A change is as good as a rest. Hostel-resident Ashley wrote six pages about her day trip to Brighton. Here are the edited highlights

Boarded up

Author and writer David Tovey shared his painting I’m on the Pavement yet again with the Pavement readers. He says: “I couldn’t just explain the picture in one paragraph, so I wrote it in sections like poetry” 

Healing art (Issue 129)

Morning on Beech Ward is a poem by George Robertson

Six degrees of separation

WarnIng: contains upsetting content. McGinlay’s focus on this issue’s theme unpicks the links between abuse, power and corruption.
Twigs make homes

Technology is always for the good isn’t it? Well, maybe not. Chris Sampson suggests a science shake-up that might see twigs and bits and bobs used to build homes. Here’s how...
Love is the law

McGinlay finds out what motivates the man studying in the corner of her local McDonald’s