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Today: Monday 23rd January

Opponents of a cap on welfare benefits are to try to get the plans changed when they are debated in the House of Lords. The Arab League has called on President Assad to hand over power to his deputy to organise multi-party elections in Syria. And also on today's programme, the differing fortunes of British towns and cities, coping with harsh economic times.

0615
Business news with Simon Jack on the forecast for growth in the UK and the global economy.

0650
According to a new report by think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and Cardiff and Edinburgh Universities, voters living in England place more emphasis on their English, rather than British, identity. Nick Pearce, director of the IPPR, has the details.

0709
The Children's Society says thousands of children will be disproportionately affected by proposed changes to the Welfare Reform Bill and are supporting an amendment to the bill which would exclude child benefit from the cap. Enver Solomon, policy director at the Children's Society, outlines their fears.

0713
Business news with Simon Jack.

0716
A study by think tank the Centre for Cities says that the gap between the economic performance of cities across the UK is widening. The Today programme's Sanchia Berg reports from two cities at either end of the scale: Milton Keynes and Newport, South Wales.

0721
The Arab League mission to Syria appears to be in disarray after its list of demands for a new government was rejected by President Assad. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports from Damascus.

0726
Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

0733
The northern Nigerian city of Kano is under curfew following multiple attacks by Islamist militants on police stations, which are believed to have killed at least 150 people. World affairs correspondent Mark Doyle reports from the city.

0738
The US ambassador to Nato is in London to talk about how Europe will deal with future security issues. Ivo Daalder speaks to the Today programme's Justin Webb ahead of the event.

0743
The paper review.

0746
A select group of MPs is to meet to consider the state of the Palace of Westminster, including what to do about Big Ben, which experts say has a slight tilt. John Burland, emeritus professor at Imperial College, who was responsible for coming up with a solution for stabilising the leaning tower of Pisa, analyses how serious the problem is.

0748
Thought for the day with the Reverend Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham University.

0752
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) is calling for an outright ban on the advertising of all cosmetic surgery. Fazel Fatah, president of BAAPS, and Sally Taber, director of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services, which represents the cosmetic surgery industry, discuss the necessity of such a ban.

0810
The government is to come up against strong opposition in the House of Lords over its plans to cap benefits payments to £26,000 per household per year in England, Scotland and Wales. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith defends the proposals.

0819
Britain's wounded service men and women are all too familiar with the theatre of war. Last night 30 of them joined professional actors on stage at the Haymarket Theatre to perform a play about what it is like to be wounded and fight your way back to a full life. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt went along to see it.

0824
Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

0829
The president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, arrived in the city of Kano on Sunday to inspect sites hit in the deadly wave of attacks in the Muslim north of the country. The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, has just returned from the country and reflects on the situation there.

0838
Business news with Simon Jack.

0841
Are school breakfast clubs an important service for malnourished children or do they let those children's families off the hook with regard to their parental duties? Carmel McConnell, of charity Magic Breakfast, and Jill Kirby, a commentator on social issues for the Conservative Home website, debate whose responsibility it should be.

0846
Controversial proposals to introduce a £26,000 cap on household benefits as part of the Welfare Reform Bill will be debated in the Lords later amid speculation that ministers may face a rebellion from Liberal Democrat peers who are unhappy at the potential impact of the cap on disadvantaged families. Shadow minister for employment Stephen Timms gives the Labour Party's view of the proposed changes.

0850
According to a new book, the most important thing to make a person successful is willpower and not self-esteem as is traditionally thought. Roy Baumeister, author of Willpower: Rediscovering Our Greatest Strength, explains his formula for success.



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