Donate

Please help us to help more homeless people by setting up a monthly direct debit.
 
 

the Pavement relies on donations and volunteering from individuals and companies...

 
the Pavement supporters at justgiving.com
 
 
 

current issue

 
 

London edition (PDF 621KB)

 

Scottish edition (PDF 495KB)

 
 
 
 

Recent tweets

 
 

Mayoral hustings on homelessness

 
May 3rd 2016
 

This month the people of London will vote in a new Mayor to replace Boris Johnson. And housing is the Number One concern of many voters. So a number of homelessness charities joined forces in April to host a special mayoral hustings, or debate, all about homelessness.

The Lead London Home campaign invited representatives from all five main parties taking part in the Mayor of London elections. Tom Copley represented Labour’s candidate, Sadiq Khan; David Dean represented Zac Goldsmith (Conservative), Emily Davey, Liberal Democrats; Shahrar Ali, Green; and David Kurten, UKIP.

Questions were asked by people with experience of homelessness, and issues put forward included housing benefit cuts, homelessness legislation, and making private renting more secure.

Both Conservative and Labour representatives pledged to go one better on the ‘No Second Night Out’ scheme, and adopt a ‘Not First Night Out’ approach. We await more details with interest (and the usual hint of scepticism).

UKIP’s Mr Kurten said his party would want to set-up a homelessness register and work alongside CHAIN so people can access medical care. Health was also an issue for the Conservatives, with swift connections between hospitals and homeless services pledged by Mr Dean. While Labour’s Mr Copley noted bringing empty homes into use would only provide half is what is needed.

The response to the debate on Twitter was somewhat disenchanted, with Alison Gelder of Housing Justice commenting: “Disappointing answers to q about need for universal high quality advice at point of losing a home.” Crisis policy manager Sarah MacFadyen tweeted, “Overall disappointing ambition on homelessness from all candidates”. And one of the members of The Pavement’s own readers’ panel, Gordon Chaston, added “A lacklustre, weak, sticking plaster approach from candidates with strong comments from Emily Dave.”

The Lead London Home campaign is led by Crisis, St Mungo's, Centrepoint and Homeless Link, and supported by 20 other homeless charities: 999 Club, Albert Kennedy Trust, Bench Outreach, Big Issue Foundation, Cardboard Citizens, Cardinal Hume Centre, DePaul, Divine Rescue, Evolve, Housing Justice, Pathway, Robes Project, SHP, Streets of London, Thames Reach, The Connection at St Martin's, The Passage, Trinity Homeless Projects, West London Mission, and YMCA England.

To sign the Lead London Home petition, calling on the next Mayor of London to make homelessness a priority, visit http://www.leadlondonhome.org.

 
 
 

 

Contents

New arrivals hit the streets

Soup Run Forum

Web only: Emergency Islington shelter remains open during sub-zero temperatures

Chairman of the board

Rest in peace - in memory of lost friends

Prince poses

Starter pack boost

Wearing a jacket to beg?

Teens found guilty of killing Ralph Millward

The Passage withdraws service "as a last resort"

New learning centre for Glasgow

iHobo game causes controversy

Auckland extends ban on rough sleepers

Homeless interrogation

Affordable housing development opens in Edinburgh

Who decides?

Credit unions

New counts are optional

Nobby on stage

I will never forget you, my people

London homeless services in limbo over ?Ǭ£3.28m cuts

Disused night shelter re-opened for winter months

Coventry Cyrenians forced to cut services

London hub success for new rough sleepers

Crisis Skylight in Birmingham - a year on

Residents look ahead to staff upheaval

Midland Heart report

Labour call for hefty council tax levy on empty homes

Stik pic for the American Church

Lottery grant means new opportunities

Mungo?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s launches women?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s campaign

Homeless people forced into slavery

Homeless couple marry in Australia

Number of homeless in Southend underestimated

Basic banking for all

NSNO expands into west London

Scottish homeless applications drop by 19 per cent

Miami cannibal

Invisible People film UK homeless

The demilitarised zone in North America’s drug war

2012 - the year of the right to permanent accommodation in Scotland?

Crisis at Christmas

The Pavement is recruiting

Rough sleeper donates $250 to charity

Food voucher scheme scrapped

Commemorating friends and companions

Human rights for all

First person: Gemskii on regaining control of her life

The shades come off

Upfront: spikes

Comment: Spikes are the least of your worries

Opinion: All up in smoke?

Heartbreak Hotel, episode 4.

The Pied Piper of Housing

March for the Homeless

Being homeless doesn't mean you can't vote on May 7

The vulnerability ruling

The Queen’s speech

Criminalising homelessness

116-bed hostel for young homeless to close in Southwark

Sponsor a bed and rebuild a life

Hipsters neutralise anti-homeless spikes

What the Brexit will happen now?

Anti-homelessness protesters threatened with eviction, jail by Manchester city council

Showing our impact

Rebirth

The birth of the North Gower Action Group

A pianist, an artist, a dog called George and a new homeless app

Living water

Midwinter blues?

Councils back change in law to tackle rising homelessness

Having problems with your JSA?

Mayoral hustings on homelessness

Skippering

A major step in reducing homelessness?

Liverpool Police homeless curb beggars belief

Charity begins at home?

Legal aid charade

Surviving the streets – by those who've done it

Stop the scandal

Glasgow homeless services at risk

Bill gives councils legal duty to stop homelessness

Homeless Grenfell survivors afraid of deportation

 

Back Issues

 
 
 
 
 
 
© Copyright 2009-2014 The Pavement. Established 2005 Registered Charity No. 1110656 Scottish Charity Register No. SC043760 ISSN (online) 1757-0484