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.

Last year’s Review speculated that it might be the last one published, so we are particularly grateful to the collective help provided by this year’s sponsors, without whom the 22nd edition (and future editions) would not have been possible. While over many years support for the Review was received from government, including from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the likelihood of its ceasing placed the future of the Review under threat. It is therefore particularly pleasing that among the sponsors are the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, with informal indications that their support will continue. We are also grateful for the continuing support over the years by the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York.

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 authors are also grateful for inputs from others including Peter Williams and Eddie Lewis. The Review has again been published by the Chartered Institute of Housing with John Perry acting as production editor. Jeremy Spencer (graphic designer) is thanked for his tireless patience and creative contribution to its design and production.

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.

April 2014

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

John Perry
Chartered Institute of Housing
Westwood Way