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collective help provided by this year's sponsors (see cover), without whom the 26th edition (and future editions) would not be published, especially since the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government is no longer able to make a financial contribution (although it keenly provides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.

March 2018

Professor Mark Stephens FRSA, FAcSS
The Urban Institute
Heriot-Watt University
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
Octavia House
Westwood Way
Coventry CV4 8JP

Peter Williams FCIH
Departmental Fellow
Land Economy
University of Cambridge

Gillian Young
Honorary Research Fellow
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Telephone: 07971 495014