Introducing the Summit Shorts: monthly bite-sized talks streamed straight to your desk.

In the run up to the National Housing Summit in March, we ran the 'Summit Shorts' series to hear from renowned speakers who provided insight, challenge and debate on the biggest issues affecting housing today.

The series was hosted by the BBC’s Home Editor Mark Easton, who will be chairing the conference in March.


The six Summit Shorts are included in your National Housing Summit 2021 ticket price. So as soon as your register, you'll get access to the library to watch them back on demand.


September: the climate crisis

  • Thursday 24 September − 09:30-10:30

Examine the role of social housing providers in addressing the climate crisis and meet our target of net-zero emissions by 2050. We'll also explore the case for new build homes to be built at a higher energy efficiency standard, as well as the need for a large-scale retrofitting programme.


  • Caterina Brandmayr, Senior Policy Analyst, Green Alliance
  • The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change
  • Joanne Wheeler, Senior Sustainability Advisor, UK Green Building Council
  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

October: the economy

  • Wednesday 21 October − 09:30-10:30

Explore what social housing can do to help lift the UK economy out of the worst recession on record, as well as what impact the continuing pandemic and our imminent departure from the EU will have on the sector and the wider economy.


  • Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Professor Christine Whitehead, Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics, LSE

November: building political consensus on economic recovery

  • Wednesday 18 November − 09:30-10:30

As we begin to operate during a global economic downturn, we’ll speak to Alistair Darling, who was Chancellor when we last faced a financial crisis of this magnitude. Join us to hear his views on the economic picture, and the role our sector can play in helping with the recovery.


  • Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Catherine Ryder, Director of Policy and Research, National Housing Federation

December: the impact of coronavirus on minority communities

  • Tuesday 15 December − 09:30-10:30

Explore the disproportionate effects of the coronavirus pandemic on minority communities, both in terms of health outcomes and the economic impact of lockdown and other restrictions. We’ll also discuss what the housing sector could be doing to tackle the longer-term consequences that the pandemic will cause for their residents.


  • Elaine Bowes, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
  • Jabeer Butt, Chief Executive, Race Equality Foundation
  • Michelle Nelson QC, Chair, Ekaya Housing Association

January: housing and communities

  • Thursday 21 January − 10:00-11:00

Explore the role housing associations can play in delivering social change and "levelling-up" communities across the country. Hear the Archbishop's thoughts on how housing can build better communities, touching on issues including affordability and the inequality heightened and made more visible by the coronavirus pandemic.


The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

February: taking stock and looking forward

  • Tuesday 23 February − 09:30-10:30

Ahead of the National Housing Summit 2021, Mark Easton (conference chair) took stock of that last 12 months and looked forward to what the future could hold for housing associations.


Mark Easton, BBC Home Editor