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There are more than a million homes lying empty in England and Wales, according to a new study by the Office for National Statistics

One in three streets in Britain has at least one property that has been empty for six months or more - report

The £50m Empty Homes Community Grants Programme led to almost 2,000 properties across England being brought back into use by community groups

The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

For a nation of animal lovers, we are surprisingly unconcerned about the food we give our pets. Julian Baggini reports on why there is such a lack of ethical options and the hypocrisy at the heart of the way we show animals love

Cranes and building work dominate the skyline on October 24, 2013 in London, England. Reports of recent figures show that London is bucking the national trend, with economic growth continuing after the 2008 crash.

Map of middle-class London reveals zones where only the super-rich can afford to buy property

The middle classes are moving further out of central London

Some purists are displeased with the direction Crufts is taking

Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

A British institution is under attack from foreign pooches with their fancy products and unscrupulous owners. Gillian Orr reports on the dog-eat-dog world of Crufts

Builders are again catering for families with children

Detached houses make comeback as developers shift away from flats

We have failed to build the number of new homes we need to keep up with our population

The average property price increased by £15,191 over the last year to reach £268,895, according to Zoopla

House price increases likely to spell ‘buoyant start’ to 2015

The property market has maintained momentum during 2014

Many people are leaving London due to high prices, over crowding and the city being an unsuitable place for raising children

London housing: High prices and overcrowding drive thirtysomethings to provincial cities

Official figures show record numbers in age group left the capital last year – and were heading for other UK cities

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Game of thrones: Make a big style statement in the smallest room

Big changes are taking place in lavatory design

Seats with high numbers of rental properties have traditionally been inner-city Labour strongholds

MPs urged to prepare for shift among voters towards renting

Rising house prices are changing the profile of middle-class areas

Jordan Manor - Joanna Briscoe

Where the heart is: Stars talk about their childhood homes, and what they mean to them

Joanna Briscoe writes evocatively about why she still cherishes hers, while Wayne Hemingway, Lemn Sissay, Campbell Robb, Stephen Bayley and Sarah Beeny talk about what they loved – or loathed – about theirs

Smarter tartans: Give your home a Scottish flavour with this cosy range

Add velvet, damask and chenille to up the cosy ante, or mix with bright new-season prints on cotton/linen for fashion fun

Hundreds of apartments in Battersea Power Station are soon to go on sale

Take a peek at the Battersea Power Station apartments - which include a £495,000 studio

The homes have been designed by the practices of Lord Norman Foster and Frank Gehry

How filament bulbs can give you that east London uber-hip industrial vibe

Filament bulbs are part of a stripped-down, utility look in lighting that is bold and masculine – and as far away from pearlised bulbs and fancy lampshades as you can get

Tories plans for starter homes include using brownfield sites and exempting them from a raft of taxes

David Cameron sets out 'discount' starter home plan for first time buyers

Starter homes would be exempt from a range of taxes, meaning they can could be sold for 20% below market rate

Generation rent: Flat prices jump by £50,000 and nine buyers are now chasing every property

Renters are giving up hope that they can ever find anywhere affordable to live... and are giving a thumbs down to 'time-wasting agents

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor