A contribution to the Radix Big Tent Housing Commission: Meet the Leaders Webinar with Dame Kate Barker


Meet the Leaders Forum with Dame Kate Barker and Vicky Spratt: What would have to happen over the next 5 years to tackle Britain’s housing shortage?

Join Dame Kate Barker, Chair the Radix Big Tent Housing Commission and Vicky Spratt, The i’s Housing Correspondent in conversation on Monday June 3rd at 1:00 until 2:00pm for a Radix Big Tent Meet the Leaders lunchtime webinar. Expect an interactive event with ample opportunity for guests to join the conversation, ask questions and comment.

The Radix Big Tent Housing Commission headed by Dame Kate Barker CBE is meeting over the coming months to tackle the issues and look for practical solutions to combat Britain’s housing shortage. It was initiated by radical centre think tank, Radix Big Tent, with the support of law firm Shoosmiths. Read about the Commission: its people, papers and publicity.

The webinar’s purpose is to assist in the engagement with the widest possible number of stakeholders, therefore all welcome, particularly experts involved in the real estate sector who might provide evidence that will contribute towards the discussions and proposals of the new Commission. Please note you can do this by submitting evidence via the Radix Big Tent Housing Commission website, as well as by attending the webinar.

The Radix Big Tent Housing Commission is specifically focusing on responding to England’s housing shortage and its aim is to make its recommendations soon after the anticipated General Election.

During its work, the Commission is addressing four distinct, but connected issues: how to free up more land for development; the role of specialist housing, for example for students and older people; approaches to sustainability; and ensuring affordability.

The Commission is meeting publicly and privately over the coming months.

Upon registration, you will be able to leave any questions or comments for Dame Kate Barker to review during the webinar. These will be shared with her beforehand. Please note you will also be able to ask questions via the chat throughout the event.

  • Dame Kate Barker CBE

    Dame Kate Barker CBE is the Chair of the Radix Big Tent Housing Commission, in partnership with Shoosmiths. She was the Chair of the 2004 ‘Barker Review’ on UK Housing Supply and the subsequent review on UK Land Use Planning (2006). She is the author of Housing: Where’s the Plan (2014) and former member of the National Infrastructure Commission.

  • Vicky Spratt

    Vicky Spratt is an award-winning journalist, author, and housing rights advocate. Her book TENANTS was a Financial Times book of the year in 2022. She is a columnist and housing correspondent at The i Paper where her work has seen her nominated for a British Journalism Award and shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and she regularly appears on flagship news programmes. Her work has also contributed to several major policy changes.


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Monday 3rd June 2024, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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