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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

I can't express how important it is that as a society we encourage programmes such as From the Ground Up that recognise the potential of those at the broken edge of our society. The government never misses a chance to remind us that there is only so much...

Hugo Sugg is a youth worker and a LGBT, human rights and homeless activist. He runs Hugo's Earthquake campaign, which raises awareness of homeless issues. In 2008 Hugo Sugg found himself homeless. He remembers his days on the streets with dread. “What I felt was loneliness and the...
We start our special issue on shame, written by peer reporters who...
In November the temperature starts to plummet... it’s the kind of cold...
Mat Amp says the second best time to get clean is now. Drug...
Jerry* spent over two years at Wandsworth Prison before finishing his sentence...


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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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

 07 January 2018

Changes to government policy and the six-week wait experienced by new claimants to Universal Credit are exacerbating the difficulties faced by homeless people and benefit claimants trying to enter the private rental sector.

While the Homeless Reduction Act is expected to bring down the cost of temporary accommodation, it is unlikely to work in London, warn experts.

In his November budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond pledged £25 million to tackle homelessness with a view to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it by 2027.

But the move may decrease homeless people's access to private accommodation. In a survey conducted by Crisis in 2016, private landlords were generally reluctant to rent to people in receipt of Housing Benefit (Universal Credit has been rolled out in 2013–17), and even more reluctant to rent to people they know to be homeless. Crisis suggests measures to motivate landlords to let to homeless people and those receiving benefits, including rent paid directly from local housing allowance funds to the landlord.

Already, the Mayor of Lewisham and executive member for Housing and London Councils, Sir Steve Bullock, has said the demands made on councils by the Homeless Reduction Act will be so high, London could account for most of the available government funding.


Improved app

 07 January 2018

StreetLink, the website and free mobile app originally launched in 2012, has had a makeover. Designed to let the public alert local services when they see someone sleeping rough in England and Wales, it has been bedevilled by complaints that follow-up is often too slow.

Starting from this winter, improvements include the need to register on first use – which allows follow-up – and the option to pinpoint the location of a rough sleeper on a map. There is now also access to more support options. For example if the person being referred is seen during the day, users will be able to search a list of nearby services that can be accessed straight away.

This may be a better option for the individual than waiting for the outreach team to come out to them at night. It is also possible that the person may move to a different location at night, which might prevent the team from finding them.

In 2016 the app had 32,200 alerts, twice the number of the previous year.

Phone app available at: or look for StreetLink in your phone’s app shop.


Stories of the streets

 07 January 2018

Photos of Nottingham by (l) Caroline Middleton and (r) David King. Images © Charles Kerr

Stories of the streets is an exhibition of photos taken by volunteers from Nottingham homeless centres, Emmanuel House and Canaan Trust. The show has been wowing shoppers at Nottingham's Broadmarsh Shopping Centre since mid November. The project was designed by University of Nottingham students, including Charles Kerr, Qas Hussain and Alex Greenhalgh, to give people an insight into the photographic talents of the homeless community.

Show proceeds will be split between the artists through a pay-it-forward scheme, such as secure accommodation or meals for the individual, and re-invested back into the social enterprise to support more people and exhibitions across the UK. There are plans to run similar photo shows in Brighton and Manchester.

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