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Johan Cruyff’s leftwing legacy lives on as rich are barred from renting childhood home

Footballer’s flat in Amsterdam available as social housing for low earners only despite calls to turn property into a museumUntil he was 12, Johan Cruyff lived on the corner of Tuinbouwstraat and Akkerstraat in the working-class Betondorp district of A…

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Sunderland offer homeless people shelter from freeze in ‘warm room’

• Club offers hot food and places to sleep at Stadium of Light• North-east hit hard by UK’s brutal weatherSunderland turned a usually quiet corner of the Stadium of Light into a temporary shelter for homeless people on Friday.Acutely conscious that the…

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Harry Redknapp ‘will make 30 people homeless’ with flats plan

Ex-football manager’s firm criticised over scheme to demolish property housing vulnerable individuals in BournemouthPlans by the football manager Harry Redknapp to demolish a former hotel and replace it with “posh” apartments would result in 30 people …

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Protest against efforts to oust homeless from ‘Super Bowl City’ – video

Protesters take to the streets on Wednesday to raise awareness of the impact the Super Bowl is having on homeless people in San Francisco. According to protesters, ‘Super Bowl City’, where the festivities are due to take place, has taken over space that the homeless used to sleep on, and those gathered also object to the $5m San Francisco taxpayers will contribute to the cost of the event. There was a heavy police presence at the protest, with the big game due to take place on Sunday

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Local residents angry at lack of social housing at West Ham’s ground

The percentage of affordable and social homes planned at the Boleyn ground after the club moves is condemned as ‘unacceptable’ by council

After 112 years, the turnstiles of West Ham United’s famous Boleyn ground in east London will crank for the last time at the end of next season. When the club moves the few miles into the Olympic Stadium, the Boleyn – also known as Upton Park – is set to be redeveloped as a “village” of 838 homes.

Yet community campaigners and supporters are angry that, in an area with a crippling lack of social housing, only 6% of the homes are earmarked as affordable, and many local people would never be able to afford the luxury flats on offer. The planning application, which was presented for approval earlier this month, makes no mention of any social housing in spite of a requirement in Newham council’s core strategy that big developments must deliver 35% to 50% affordable homes, of which 60% should be social housing.

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Tottenham’s stadium development: locals losing out? – in pictures

To coincide with David Conn’s investigation of the £400m development plans of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in north London, here’s a look at the area, the properties and the people who could be affected



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Bread and houses – Liverpool Biennial pulls off a brilliant mix of art, theatre and social action

Writer Kenn Taylor’s mundane tour bus to Anfield with photographer Mark Loudon turns into a magical – and very thought-provoking – mystery tourIt’s rather surreal to be taken on a tour of a city you live in, but then this is quite a different tour. We …