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. This year the Review has been again been produced jointly by the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Thanks are thus variously due to Alan Dearling, John Perry, Jeremy Spencer and Peter Williams for their hard work, support and creative contributions in producing this edition of the Review.

Thanks are also due to my colleagues at York University, Jane Allen and Nicholas Pleace, for their work on the website for the Review.

There are many more agencies to thank for their financial support for the Review this year, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Housing Corporation, the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Executive and Northern Ireland Department for Social Development, Communities Scotland and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. The support of all these government agencies for the Review, representing all parts of the UK, is particularly welcome given that from time to time the Review will inevitably raise issues that are challenging for one or another of those agencies.

Thanks are also due again to Bank of Scotland Corporate who have contributed to the costs of producing this year’s edition of the Review, and Yorkshire Housing who have contributed to the costs of the Contemporary Issues section of the Review which is available in the print copy version. 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 continuing support they have provided this year along with our new consortium of funders.

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 misjudgements are entirely the responsibility of the editor.

October 2004

Professor Steve Wilcox
Centre for Housing Policy, University of York Heslington, York YO10 5DD
Telephone/fax: 01823 323891