This annual compilation of statistical data relies on substantial help and guidance from a host of civil servants at the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Treasury, the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Office for National Statistics and elsewhere. Similar assistance was provided by the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Homes and Communities Agency and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. Their enormous help in compiling this year’s edition of the Review is most readily and warmly acknowledged. This year the authors are also grateful for inputs from others including Peter Williams, Keith Anderson and Glen Bramley. As this may be the last year the Review is published it is also appropriate to express our gratitude to all past contributors, and all those who have helped in different ways over the life of the Review. Particular votes of thanks go to Richard Best, Alan Dearling, Alan Lewis, Peter Williams and Janet Ford.

Many of the statistical data presented here can be accessed in a variety of published, or publicly available, statistical series, and sources are comprehensively acknowledged against each table in the Review. This year the Review has again been produced by the Chartered Institute of Housing. Special thanks are due to John Perry (production editor) and Jeremy Spencer (graphic designer) for their tireless patience, support and creative contributions in producing this edition. We are also grateful to Jane Allen at York University, for her work on the Review website ( While over many years support for the Review was received from government, including from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government, this has now come to an end. Unless this support can be replaced, the Review will not continue in its present form beyond this 21st year.

The authors and the Chartered Institute of Housing are very grateful to the Orbit Group for their support for the Review’s production costs. Thanks are due to the University of York and Heriot-Watt University, who have again this year covered some of the costs of the Review. Thanks are also due to Crisis for their support for the authors’ work on their Homelessness Monitor, which also contributed to their work for the Review. 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 is entirely that of the editors. The views expressed in the Review are the responsibility of the respective authors.

March 2013

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

Professor Hal Pawson
Heriot Watt University
EH14 4AS
(and University of New South Wales -


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