The price of an average house or flat in the UK rose by £16,000 in the year to May, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The house price inflation rate remained at 8.1%, the same as in April. It brings the average price to £211,000.

The figures relate to the period before the referendum on the EU.

The first indication of what may happen in the housing market as a result of Brexit came last week, in a report by surveyors.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said that it expected house prices to fall in London and East Anglia in the months ahead.