Ruby Lott-Lavigna

Senior Staff Writer

ruby.lott-lavigna@vice.com

Senior staff writer covering renting, housing, gentrification, work, social issues and young people.

Coronavirus

'It’s Incredibly Worrying' – Young People Suffer the Worst Effects of COVID Unemployment

According to the UK's Office for National Statistics, the number of 16 to 24-year-olds in employment fell by 156,000 in the three months leading up to July.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
2 days ago
police

'Police Officer' Spotted Disguised as Deliveroo Rider in London

A man wearing one of the delivery app company's jackets was seen communicating with police officers over radio.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
3 days ago
police

Campaigners Warn of ‘Deeply Concerning’ Stop and Search Proposals

The proposed Serious Violence Reduction Orders would allow police in England and Wales to search individuals previously convicted of a knife crime offence.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
3 days ago
Food

Less Than 5 Black-Owned UK Restaurants Were Reviewed by National Newspapers in the Last Year

The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Sunday Times were among the newspapers to feature no Black-owned restaurants in their review pages.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
9.1.20
italy

Italian Minister Shares Memes of Himself as Black Figures After Tanning On Holiday

Luigi Di Maio shared images of his face cropped onto a photo from 'The Crosby Show', as well as a film featuring actors in Blackface.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
8.27.20
News

Demand for Rented Properties Reaches All-Time High, Says Report

A new report from Arla Propertymark shows that in July, the average letting agent had 97 prospective tenants – up from 79 in June.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
8.27.20
Drugs

Would Drug Testing at Work Actually Reduce Drug Use? We Asked an Expert

The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, Shaun Bailey, has called for “middle class” drug users to be tested at work, in a bid to stop gang violence. But are either of those issues actually connected?
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
8.24.20
Clubbing

Clubbers Should Wear Face Masks and Have Temperature Checks, Says Report

The Night Time Industries Association has published a plan to get clubbers back on the dance floor.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
8.24.20
housing

Renter Accuses Landlord of 'Revenge Eviction' After Complaining About Mushrooms Growing in Bedroom

The landlord’s mother, who was managing the property at the time, joked that the mushrooms were a “free breakfast”.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
8.20.20
housing

Almost 60 Percent of Renters Forced to Move in Pandemic Can't Find New Housing

Survey findings from Generation Rent show the precarity of renting in the UK as the end of the eviction "ban" draws closer.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
8.20.20
mental health

1 in 5 Adults Experienced Depression During the Pandemic, Study Finds

A new survey from the Office for National Statistics shows the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Britain's mental health.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
8.18.20
Work

Urban Outfitters to Make Staff Redundant After 'Substantial, Unrecoverable' Loss

An email sent by the manager of Urban Outfitters’ flagship London store, seen by VICE News, states that UK sales have suffered during the pandemic.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
8.18.20
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