This annual compilation of statistical data relies on substantial help and guidance from civil servants at the Ministry for Housing, 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 UK Finance, Homes England, the Greater London Authority and the Northern
Ireland Housing Executive. Their enormous help in compiling this year's Review is most readily and warmly acknowledged.
We are particularly grateful for the collective help provided by this year's sponsors (see cover), without whom the 26th edition (and future editions) would
not be published, especially since the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government is no longer able to make a financial contribution (although it
keenly provides 'support in kind'). It is particularly pleasing that among the sponsors are the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and the Northern
Ireland Housing Executive.
I-SPHERE at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh has formally taken on editorial responsibility for the Review, a task carried out for 25 years by
our colleague Steve Wilcox (formerly of the University of York) who was of course the founder of what was then the Housing Finance Review when it
was established by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This year we have been joined by Gillian Young, together with Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Beth Watts, Alan Lewis
and Paul Cosgrove.
The Review is published by the Chartered Institute of Housing with John Perry 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 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 authors. The views expressed in the Review
are also the responsibility of the respective authors.
Professor Mark Stephens FRSA, FAcSS
The Urban Institute
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Telephone: 0131 451 4404
Steve Wilcox CMCIH
Former Professor of Housing Policy
Centre for Housing Policy
University of York
Telephone: 01823 323891
John Perry FCIH
Chartered Institute of Housing
Coventry CV4 8JP
Peter Williams FCIH
University of Cambridge
Honorary Research Fellow
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Telephone: 07971 495014