Ruby Lott-Lavigna

Senior Staff Writer

ruby.lott-lavigna@vice.com

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

London

The Human Cost of Elephant and Castle’s £4 Billion ‘Regeneration’ Scheme

The south London shopping centre is being demolished to make way for a new development. But traders within the complex say that they have not been offered a suitable place to relocate.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
a day ago
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
4 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
5 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
5 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
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
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
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
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
housing

Ban on Pandemic Evictions Expected to Be Extended Until 20 September

The extension would protect renters in England and Wales from eviction for a few more weeks – but many say that this is not long enough.
Ruby Lott-Lavigna
8.21.20
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
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