This annual compilation of statistical data would not have been possible without the substantial help and guidance of a host of civil servants, at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Department of Work and Pensions, the Treasury, the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Executive Offices, the Office for National Statistics, and elsewhere.

Similar assistance was given from the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Housing Corporation, Communities Scotland and many others. The enormous help they have all once again provided in the compilation of this year’s edition of the Review is most readily and gratefully acknowledged.

Much of the statistical data presented here is generally available in a variety of published, or publicly available, statistical series, and sources are comprehensively acknowledged against each table in the Review.

This year thanks are again due to Alan Lewis for his help in updating much of the Compendium of tables in the Review. The editor is also particularly grateful to Jane Allen at the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York for assistance with the website version of the Review.

This is the fifth year that the Review has been produced as a joint venture between the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Thanks are thus variously due to Theresa McDonagh, Alan Dearling, John Perry, Jeremy Spencer and Peter Williams for their hard work, support and creative contributions in producing this edition of the Review. Particular thanks this year are also due to Bank of Scotland Corporate Banking and Yorkshire Housing, who have both generously contributed to the costs of producing this year’s edition of the Review.

At the same time it is appropriate to put on record the editor’s thanks for the support that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has given to the Review since its inception, and the additional support they have provided this year to enable the tables and commentaries from the Review to be made available on the University of York website.

For all the diverse help provided, and despite every attempt that has been made to check and double check all the figures included in the Review, and the construction put upon them, the final responsibility for any errors, omissions or misjudgments are entirely the responsibility of the editor. The views expressed in the Review are the responsibility of the respective authors.

November 2003

Professor Steve Wilcox
Centre for Housing Policy
University of York
York YO10 5DD

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