This report presents a unique analysis of Low-income home-owners in Wales, documenting the level of home-ownership in relation to levels of income. Drawing on an extensive statistical analysis of the Welsh House Condition Survey, the report highlights the high level of home-ownership in Wales compared to other parts of the UK, despite relatively low levels of average incomes. While the report focuses primarily on the extent and characteristics of Low-income home-owners in Wales, it also presents the results in the context of earlier English, Scottish and Welsh analyses and draws out both common and divergent characteristics of the Low-income home-owner sector in each country. It presents a critique of 'official' poverty measures and has key implications for Welsh housing policy.
Professor Roger Burrows is the Assistant Director of the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York. His research interests include the sociology of housing and neighbourhoods; housing and population health; research methodology; and digital technologies and social policy. Professor Steve Wilcox joined the Centre for Housing Policy in 1996 from the University of Wales at Cardiff and was awarded a personal chair in Housing Policy at the University of York in 2000. He has specialist knowledge in the area of housing finance and is editor of the highly respected and widely used annual UK Housing Review (formerly the Housing Finance Review). His research interests include housing finance and housing policy; housing, work and welfare, housing and the economy; local housing companies and housing statistics.