The 22nd edition of the UK Housing Review aims, as with previous editions, to draw together key current
financial and related data about both public and private housing in the United Kingdom, and rapidly assemble them in a coherent and accessible
The Review draws on a wide range of expenditure plans and departmental reports, as well as official or other statistical volumes,
survey reports, web portals and publications based on specific research projects. The Review also includes a number of tables constructed from
databases that are not routinely published elsewhere. The structure of the Review, and its sparse text, aim above all to provide
a swift guide to the data, with wider and more detailed analysis confined to the Section 1: Contemporary Issues chapters at the
beginning of the Review. This year the issues chapters focus on the effects of welfare reform across the UK and on current housing
policy and its recent development in Ireland.
The six chapters of Section 2: Commentary offer a brief introduction to and discussion of the key developments in policy,
financial provision and outputs, that are reflected in the tables and figures in the main Compendium of Tables. They also provide a reference
to other publications and data offering further useful insights into current policy issues. Of this year’s six Commentary Chapters,
John Perry wrote 4 and 5, Steve Wilcox wrote 1, 2 and 6 and Peter Williams wrote chapter 3.
A longer perspective
Many of the tables in the Review provide data over a long time-series. Wherever possible those tables start in 1970, providing
data at five-year intervals for the years to 1995 or 2000, with annual data for more recent years. The precise range of the years covered varies
from table to table, depending both on data availability and the practicality of setting out data on a single page. Even with its landscape format,
there are limits to the number of years’ data that the Review can fit onto a single page.
In some form, most of the tables in this year’s volume have been carried in all previous editions, and readers can consult back
copies for data for the individual years between 1981 and 2001 that are no longer published. However, readers should exercise care as in
some cases data for those earlier years may subsequently have been revised, primarily as a result of changes in definitions. A cross-check of the
data for those years still published in the current edition of the Review will generally indicate whether or not this is an issue.
The Review contains several tables providing data for the regions of England. Many of those tables provide data for the long-established
standard statistical regions (SSRs). For some time, however, government statistics have been published primarily on the basis of (the former)
government office regions (GORs). This presents difficulties in providing a consistent long run of regional data. Wherever possible, current data
for standard regions have been sought, in order to provide a consistent data series. This has not, however, always been possible; equally long
back-series of data for government office regions are not always available. In some cases, therefore, the Review includes recent data for
GORs, together with earlier data for SSRs. This is clearly indicated in the tables concerned. It should also be noted that the former Merseyside
region was some time ago incorporated within the North West. There have been changes in the nomenclature of government office regions in the
past; they are now generally shown in the Review under their current names. However, these names are not always used in our source
documents or datasets, and we have followed the practice in the latest editions of our sources, rather than impose a uniform usage.
One further point to be noted on English regional housing statistics is that, with the idiosyncratic 2011 DCLG decision to cease inclusion
of such figures within official statistics, their continued inclusion (where possible) in the Review has become even more valuable.
former Professor of Housing Policy
Centre for Housing Policy
University of York
Heslington York YO10 5DD
Telephone: 01823 323891
Chartered Institute of Housing
Coventry, CV4 8JP