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Rebecca Wearn is a multimedia journalist specialising in social and economic issues. Producer for BBC TV, Radio and World Service business news full-time, Rebecca keeps herself extra busy with independent projects in developing countries, with work published in the Guardian, Big Issue, New Internationalist, BBC Focus on Africa and short films on Current TV.

 
  December 5th 2013

Have you been sanctioned? Please get in touch

This autumn, The Pavement has focused its attention on welfare. The changes to the way people in Britain receive financial suppo...

 
  September 7th 2013

How have the cuts affected you? We want to know

  Over the last three years one word has been at the heart of Government policy: austerity. Since the Coalition Governmen...

 
  October 7th 2011

 

  Across the capital, local authorities have been employing different tactics to deal with ‘anti-social behaviour&rs...

 
  October 7th 2011

 Homeless people are among the nominees to carry the Olympic flame

  If you’re a little tired of all things 2012, of budgets, of timetables, of lack of tickets, of Boris Johnson&rsquo...

 
  May 13th 2011

Owner says the men will do anything for money

There is an increasing number of reports in the American press about homeless men accepting money from websites that show se...

 
  May 13th 2011

Book urges the public to rethink their views on homelessness, says author Brianna Karp

An ex-rough sleeper has published The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness about her experiences. She hopes it will demonstrate ...

 
  October 1st 2010

Independent Police Complaints Commission will examine CCTV and police custody records

An investigation has been launched into the death of a rough sleeper who died in police custody. Thirty-six-year-old Valdas Jas...

 
  September 9th 2010

The heroin substitute may be prescribed only for a limited period

At the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) board meeting in early July, plans were tabled to apply strict limit...

 
  September 9th 2010

Two teens have been charged with the murder of rough sleeper George Akers

Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with the murder of George Akers, who was found beaten to death in a churchyard in the nor...

 
  September 9th 2010

US government aims to end homelessness among veterans and the chronically homeless by 2015

The UK has a long-standing pledge to end rough sleeping by 2012, cynically in time for the London Olympics, but now those across...

 
  September 9th 2010

Rough sleepers in London record a track about their experiences on the city‘s streets

Rough sleepers in London have written and recorded a single about their experiences on the city's streets, which can be listened...

 
  July 4th 2010

Sanctions will be enforced more rigorously to make life on the dole less appealing

The new government is planning to reassess everyone on incapacity benefit and introduce tougher penalties on those who refuse of...

 
  July 4th 2010

We revisit being on the streets with man’s best friend

There is an old Polish proverb that states: "The greatest love is a mother's; then a dog's; then a sweetheart's." You ...

 
  June 7th 2010

We look at the new government and what it‘s likely to mean for our readership

The votes are in, and a coalition of Conservative and Liberal Democrat ministers has been formed - we are Con-Dem-ed now. Compro...

 
  June 7th 2010

"Social rehabilitation" or  Alcatraz?

One country is taking drastic measures to clear the streets: by shipping the homeless to the remote island. The government o...

 
  May 22nd 2010

Three teenagers have been found guilty of kicking a homeless man to death.

Three teenagers have been found guilty of kicking a homeless man to death. Ralph Millward, 41, had been sleeping rough outsid...

 
  May 6th 2010

A single statistic, often repeated by homeless organisations, deserves explanation

The average life expectancy of a rough sleeper is 42 years of age. But if you've just turned 41, don't panic. Local authorities...

 
  April 3rd 2010

Police on horseback or in sports vehicles round up Venice Beach rough sleepers

In the home of film stars and stuntmen, authorities have been taking more dramatic measures to combat homelessness. Almost 50...

 
  March 4th 2010

Is street drinking putting an increasing strain on the National Health Service?

Every three hours, a homeless person in England is admitted to hospital for problems related to drugs or alcohol - this is the h...

 
  March 4th 2010

Breckland Council finds longer-term solution to rough sleeping during cold snap

The cold snap has helped one local council find longer-lasting solutions for rough sleepers. A group of Polish men who had been ...

 
  March 4th 2010

No more hospital beds for rough sleeper with more than 70 aliases

A rough sleeper who faked illness to enter hospitals has been given a criminal ASBO banning him from using the NHS. Bolton C...

 
  January 9th 2010

St Mungo‘s responds to cold snap

The emergency shelter run by St Mungo's, which re-opened on January 5th, should remain open as long as temperatures re...

 
  December 14th 2009

The Pavement had received reports that Operation Poncho - a policy in the City of London whereby rough sleepers have seen the ar...

 
  November 13th 2009

Shapps reckons homeless numbers are twice government figures

Shadow housing minister Grant Shapps has announced that improving the homeless head count system will be a fully-fledged Tory po...

 
  November 13th 2009

...but it‘s not targetting homeless people, says Lambeth Council

A festive pint too many could land street drinkers with a fine this Christmas as a London council approves a borough-wide contro...

 
  November 13th 2009

Man deported to face charges

Police have detained a man in connection with the murder of Brighton rough sleeper Stuart Slade. On 22nd October, British det...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Local authorities dub it "a huge success"

The dispersal zone introduced around London's Waterloo station in January has been extended following what local authorities hav...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Homeless services nationwide are suffering

The Pavement has reported how the economic downturn is affecting services near you in London and Scotland, but this week we look...

 
  September 28th 2009

What will the London Olympics leave in its wake?

At the beginning of 2009, London mayor Boris Johnson, Olympics minister Tessa Jowell and Communities secretary Hazel Blears batt...

 
  September 27th 2009

Homeless head counts just don‘t add up, says Lifeline

Speculation over the accuracy of the UK's homeless head counts has grown in the last few weeks following a report on the BBC's T...

 
  September 27th 2009

How reliable are the street counts and how does the council try to meet government targets?

A Pavement investigation has found evidence that the authorities operating in Westminster are actively attempting to skew the of...

 
  September 27th 2009

Tactics appear to be "more aggressive" than before, readers report

The Pavement readers have reported that Operation Poncho, the systematic cleaning of areas where rough sleepers bed down between...

 
  September 27th 2009

Homeless men and women show their green fingers at the Flower Show

Homeless men and women from across the UK have been given the chance to use their green fingers at this year's Chelsea Flower Sh...

 
  September 27th 2009

DoH urges rough sleepers to take extra precautions.

The Department of Health is urging outreach workers and rough sleepers themselves to take extra precautions against swine flu th...

 
  September 27th 2009

Partnership stops short of a merger

The credit crunch is hitting charities in the UK hard, as fewer people can afford to donate and big corporations reduce charity ...

 
  September 26th 2009

ITV chat show host to send his assistant to investigate homelessness and spend a night sleeping rough

The ranting moral compass that is Jeremy Kyle, of The Jeremy Kyle Show, will be taking his tough love approach to people's probl...

 
  September 10th 2009

Council has been slow to take action, despite media interest in the manipulation of head counts

Westminster Council has been slow to take decisive action, despite the national media spotlight highlighting the manipulation of...

 
  September 10th 2009

Youths and 20-somethings encouraged rough sleepers to fight each other or put themselves in dangerous situations

Youths and 20-somethings encouraging rough sleepers to fight each other or put themselves in dangerous situations caused the dea...

 
  July 11th 2009

The Olallo Project can sleep 30+ A10 rough sleepers

A new hostel has opened in London specifically targeting Eastern Europeans - the first centre of its kind in the UK. The O...

 
  July 11th 2009

Vodafone Foundation funding helps pay for a CEO and other staff

Funds from the Vodafone Foundation have helped create six new roles at the Homeless World Cup, including a chief executive, inte...

 
  July 7th 2009

You need a computer to survive, say homeless Americans

Not having a place to call home makes it difficult to get work or healthcare ‚Äö?Ñ?¨ but need not be a barrier to masterin...

 
  June 2nd 2009

Things are tough down in the Dorset town of Dorchester

Since Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, or Asbos, were introduced under the Crime and Disorder Act in 1998, they have been a content...

 
  May 29th 2009

A new dispersal zone around Waterloo Station targets rough sleepers

The police are to use new powers to move on rough sleepers from around Waterloo station. A 'dispersal zone', introduced by Lamb...

 
  May 29th 2009

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery

Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery The relationship between homelessness and addiction or dependence ...

 
  May 29th 2009

Going cold turkey is not the answer in one hostel

Going cold turkey is not the answer in one hostel Hostels are having to reconsider how they work with drug addiction. Last ye...

 
  May 25th 2009

Police taunt rough sleepers about the return of Operation Poncho, readers allege

Rough sleepers in the City of London have reported being taunted about the return of Operation Poncho. They contacted The Pav...

 
  May 25th 2009

Man "accidentally" head-butted the officer who woke him by moving his cardboard

A rough sleeper was arrested for assault after colliding with a London police officer. The incident took place on Sunday 15th...

 
  May 25th 2009

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber warns it could lead to A10 workers being abused

The government has decided to continue the controversial Workers Registration Scheme (WRS) for Accession State migrants for a fu...

 
  May 25th 2009

The dispersal zone has had nothing but positive feedback

Local authorities have hailed the success of the Waterloo dispersal zone, half way through its six-month implementation in Lambe...

 
  May 24th 2009

Cuts will not affect the charity‘s work with rough sleepers, charity chief says

Shelter is to cut 43 jobs under pressure from the economic downturn afflicting the UK. The charity is just one of many organi...

 
  May 24th 2009

Fewer rough sleepers... and fewer councils counting them, accuses Tory MP

Shadow housing minister Grant Shapps MP has criticised the government, after it emerged that this year's drop in the number of r...

 
  May 24th 2009

Novas Scarman‘s Camden hostel will transfer the landlord function to the One Housing Group.

Last month The Pavement reported that Arlington House, one of London's oldest and most iconic hostels, was to be sold. But since...

 
  May 24th 2009

Anthony Silva gets ahead thanks to Macca‘s discarded bonce

When members of the British public are not finding discs and laptops loaded with valuable personal data on trains, it seems ther...

 
  May 24th 2009

Why does the government think its target of ending rough sleeping by the time the Olympics come to London is still possible?

With a recession on its way, does Homeless Link's target stand? Despite predictions of a downturn in the economy and more peo...

 
  May 24th 2009

Contaminated smack fells residents at two London hostels

A recent drug alert reported that at least a dozen residents of two London hostels overdosed on a contaminated batch of heroin o...

 
  May 24th 2009

The Housing Corporation is to investigate the accounts of the Novas Scarman Group

The Housing Corporation, the government regulatory body for registered social landlords, is to investigate the accounts of the o...

 
  May 24th 2009

With one Derry man already dead from hypothermia, what are homelessness organisations planning?

As the colder nights draw in the plight of street homeless has made its annual return to the mainstream media. Last month, a ...

 
  May 24th 2009

A Conservative report calls for additional help for vulnerable veterans and ex-offenders

In his latest bid to reform government policy on managing homelessness, shadow housing minister Grant Shapps has called for a mu...

 
  May 23rd 2009

The Squatter‘s Handbook is designed to offer practical advice to individuals seeking shelter in empty properties, say authors

The authors of a handbook for squatters have replied angrily that newspaper coverage of their advice service is another case of ...

 
  May 23rd 2009

Most of the airport‘s residents are there only for a short time, says Broadway CEO

The Pavement has learned that newspaper coverage of 'A hundred homeless at Heathrow' was an inaccurate representation of the rou...

 
  May 23rd 2009

Shadow housing minister Grant Shapps condemns the lack of accurate figures on migration and homelessness

The Conservative Party is continuing its pursuit of a solution to homelessness by addressing the increase in migrant Europeans f...

 
  May 22nd 2009

East London hostel dwellers take to the streets in protest against poor living conditions

Dozens of residents from an East London hostel took to the streets last month in protest against the poor living conditions they...

 
  May 22nd 2009

By the end of 2008, 11 West End public facilities will be charging patrons 20p...

The possibility of entry charges on public facilities is an ongoing concern for The Pavement's readers. And although there has l...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Party leader claims the Conservatives think about the homeless at all times at homelessness love-in

The air was blue at Crisis' head office on Commercial Road, East London, last week. But this was nothing to do with a swear-a-th...

 
  May 21st 2009

A man who was thought to be dead has been discovered in New York by his ex-wife, after being sued for anti-social behaviour

Rough sleeper Roger Greenlee, 64, was slapped with a $100m lawsuit for passing his days outside an up-market antiques shop on Ma...

 
  May 21st 2009

Were two rough sleepers assaulted near the Strand?

Rumours have been circulating of two rough sleepers being severely beaten with a piece of wood near the Strand in the week endin...

 
  May 21st 2009

An outreach charity has lamented the lack of co-operation between service centres in London

Tim Nicholls, director of the Simon Community, wants more mutual assistance from night shelters to give better to support to Lon...

 
  May 21st 2009

Will a Victoria day centre‘s new policy be replicated across Westminster?

The Passage day centre (Victoria) is to restrict access of its services to immigrant settlers to the UK, a policy that looks lik...

 
  May 21st 2009

Covering the basics of working with London‘s homeless men and women

This January, Unleash held two further training days for volunteers who work with the homeless. The programme, which took pla...

 
  May 21st 2009

Met Office warnings of severe weather will prevent loss of life

Relief workers in Westminster are to receive a daily email from the Met office to warn of approaching cold weather. The infor...

 
  May 21st 2009

Charities want to convert a derelict church into accommodation for the region‘s young homeless people

A group of charitable organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire have put forward plans to convert a derelict church into tempor...

 
  May 21st 2009

Small projects could suffer from Fareshare‘s dominance

Large supermarkets have been donating their end-of-day waste food to hostels, charity kitchens and under-funded community projec...

 
  May 21st 2009

Communities Secretary unveils package to reduce numbers in B&Bs

It would seem that the government, like the general public, tend to have a little more sympathy for those facing a night on the ...

 
  May 21st 2009

Pocket maps to negotiate London‘s homeless services

It has been almost 60 years since Londoners were prohibited from carrying maps during the Blitz, and many a cunning local sewed ...

 
  May 19th 2009

Plans to ban the city‘s soup runs have been dropped, but many people are still dubious about them

London Councils have dropped controversial plans, reported last issue, to legislate against the city's soup runs. Most see it as...

 
  May 19th 2009

Arlington House residents worry that ambitious redevelopment plans will reduce provision

Arlington House will reduce its capacity for rough sleepers from 400 to 120 under redevelopment plans. Residents of the long-...

 
  May 19th 2009

The needs of homeless LGBT people are often not met by mainstream organisations.

Since The Pavement's last article on the Equality Act Amendment, we have received continuous claims that gay and lesbian individ...

 
  May 19th 2009

More needs to be done to tackle drug addiction and homelessness, but service centres and governmental department have yet to come up with an answer

The government and agencies have admitted that more needs to be done to tackle the issues surrounding drug addiction and homeles...

 
  May 19th 2009

The Los Angeles Homeless Map conveys the situation on the streets to all those who are concerned with homelessness

A customised mapping firm in the United States has launched an online map of services and centres for rough sleepers in Los Ange...

 
  May 19th 2009

A mystery surrounds the station‘s conveniences...

There appears to be a mystery surrounding the toilets by Embankment Tube station. The facilities are currently closed for re...

 
  May 19th 2009

Same-sex couples turned away from UK shelters, claims Baroness Andrews

In a recent speech to the House of Lords, Baroness Andrews, Parliamentary under-secretary for the Department of Communities, cla...

 
  May 19th 2009

The UK‘s only charity dedicated to missing people is focusing on supporting young runaways

The National Missing People's Helpline faced closure in 2005, but has undergone a re-branding exercise that the organisation cla...

 
  May 19th 2009

An interview with Dominic Williamson, director of policy, practice and campaigns for Homeless Link

When Homeless Link announced its proposals for a national action plan to end homelessness by 2012, targeting a complete eradicat...

 
  May 19th 2009

A former Passage resident claims his eviction cost him a possible £28,000 job and his trust with the care system

A former resident of The Passage has claimed his eviction cost him a possible £28,000 job and his trust with the care sys...

 
  May 19th 2009

Chris Ward draws inspiration from life on London‘s streets. He speaks about his big breaks, breakdowns and breakthroughs

The creativity to be found among the UK's sidelined society is famous. The streets have housed musicians, painters and poets liv...

 
  May 19th 2009

Eastern European migrants face tough challenges in finding work or surviving on the streets in London

A report into Eastern European migrants in the UK has found that they face some of the toughest challenges in finding work or su...

 
  May 19th 2009

A supposedly homeless blogger and novelist sparks controversy

Homeless blogger Wandering Scribe has sparked controversy. Plenty of wannabe novelists and journalists run internet blogs in ...

 
  May 19th 2009

Plummeting temperatures endanger rough sleepers‘ health, says cold weather shelter coordinator

As the snow and sleet settled, albeit briefly, on London's cobbled streets last month, the capital was temporarily thrown into d...

 
  May 19th 2009

Profits from the new Novas shop in Camden will provide housing support, education and training to disadvantaged individuals in the UK

The Rough Sleepers store on Chalk Farm Road in Camden may look like another uber-trendy expensive emporium for tiny T-shirts and...

 
  May 19th 2009

Westminster Councillor makes an unannounced visit to a Simon Community soup run

Westminster Councillor Angela Harvey, accompanied by a police presence, made an unannounced visit to the Simon Community soup ...

 
  May 19th 2009

A Florida property developer has unveiled plans to give rough sleepers their own resort

A property developer in Daytona Beach, Florida, has unveiled plans to give rough sleepers their own resort. Michael Arth says...

 
  May 22nd 2008

With migrants forming such a large part of the homeless community, the Government needs to provide some level of support for people from all backgrounds

Since the letter from Lisa Gray in Issue 28, we've been looking at homeless hospital discharge The Pavement has long reported th...

 
  April 6th 2008

The UK‘s best known newt-fancier believes the only way to end the housing shortage is to build more homes and disagrees with move-ons

The Pavement's printers were stalled for Ken Livingstone, but we were not the only people waiting to speak to him. In a brig...

 
  February 4th 2008

Mr Shapps is tackling Britain‘s housing problems with the fervour of a geeky teenager. And he is a very keen student

After 30 minutes in the company of Grant Shapps, you are struck by the child-like quality of his manner. This is not due to his ...

 
  January 2nd 1970

Cape Town ‘concentration camps‘

International sporting events may be good for the economy, but the jury is still out on whether hosting big games helps all sect...

 
  January 2nd 1970

Estate agents in East London are seeking new tenants for a 110-bed hostel

Estate agents in East London are seeking new tenants for a 110-bed hostel. Local Liberal Democrat councillor Dr Stephanie Eaton ...

 
 

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