The Chartered Institute of Housing is delighted to present this 30th edition of the UK Housing Review. First published in 1993 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) as the Housing Finance Review and edited by Steve Wilcox until 2018, CIH has taken the lead responsibility since 1999 and Mark Stephens of the University of Glasgow is now the editor.

Lord Richard Best, Director of JRF until 2006, said 'Huge congratulations to the CIH on 30 years of the ever-fresh UK Housing Review. From its origins with Steve Wilcox in charge, it has been both the essential encyclopaedia of housing data and the stimulus for informed discussion on key housing issues. Here's to the next 30 years!'

After the Executive Summary, the Review opens with Contemporary Issues Chapters which analyse current topics. Mark Stephens uses the first chapter to reflect on key issues that have arisen during the Review's 30 years. In the second, Tom Simcock of Edgehill University examines recent developments in the private rented sector. Peter Williams and John Perry, in the third chapter, look at the constraints and possibilities for expanding the supply of affordable housing, both for rent and for low-cost homeownership. The fourth chapter, by Alan Murie, Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham, provides a definitive review of the right to buy and its impact across the UK.

The six Commentary Chapters in Section 2 discuss key developments in policy, financial provision and outputs drawn partly from the main Compendium of Tables. Of this year's series, Mark Stephens wrote Chapter 1, John Perry wrote Chapters 2 and 4, and Peter Williams wrote Chapter 3. Chapter 5 was written by Lynne McMordie of Heriot-Watt University. Chapter 6 was written jointly by Janice Blenkinsopp of Heriot-Watt University and Sam Lister of CIH. Dave Cowan, Professor of Law and Policy, University of Bristol, advised on Commentary Chapter 2.

The Review's Compendium of Tables

The Review's 30th edition again draws together key data about public and private housing in the United Kingdom into an accessible format. Our data team, led by Gillian Young and assisted by Alan Lewis, have updated as many as possible of the tables although many official statistics are still delayed by the pandemic. Where possible, updates will be made to coincide with publication of the Review's Autumn Briefing Paper.

The Review's Compendium of Tables draws on a wide range of expenditure plans, departmental reports, statistical series and other sources, acknowledged against each table. Several tables are constructed from databases not routinely published elsewhere. Many tables provide data over a long time-series, at five-year intervals for earlier periods then with annual data for more recent years. Time periods vary, depending on data availability and the practicality of setting out data on a single page. Older versions of most tables can be found on the Review's website. Numbering may have changed if they have been revised: this is indicated in the edition where the change took place. This list of tables and figures is now the last section of the Review.

The Review contains several tables covering the regions of England. If current data for standard statistical regions are not available, tables may include data for government office regions. Several tables include regional breakdowns in cases where official figures no longer provide them.

Government departments are often restructured or change their names. The notes to each table indicate where older sources of data may be found when the current source has a different name.

Comments and suggestions

Finally, the editors would welcome any comments or suggestions on the current and future format and contents of the Review, and they can be contacted by email, phone or letter. (see Acknowledgements)