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Today: Tuesday 13 January 2009

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There is a "frightening deterioration" in the economy, the British Chambers of Commerce says. Teachers are to be offered a £10,000 financial bonus to take jobs in challenging secondary schools. And details of the 1911 Census are available for the first time on a commercial website.

The British Chambers of Commerce has described the economic situation as "frightening" in its survey from the fourth quarter last year. Economics editor Hugh Pym and chief executive of JCB Matthew Taylor, which has announced 684 redundancies, discuss whether the economic situation really is that bad.

More must be done to improve people's chances of social mobility, the government says. David Willetts, Conservative innovation, universities and skills spokesman, discusses if progress in the area has stalled.

Russia says it will resume pumping gas through Ukraine to Europe, following the completion of a monitoring deal. Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes considers if the underlying causes of the crisis are still unresolved.

US President George W Bush is entering his last week in office. North America editor Justin Webb examines the last days of previous administrations which have, on occasion, been rather dramatic.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The government is considering a scheme to underwrite up to £20bn in loans to small and medium-sized businesses. Shadow Chancellor George Osborne, Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman Vince Cable, and political editor Nick Robinson, discuss how the banks can be persuaded to lend if this still does not work.

Today's papers.

Comedian Rowan Atkinson will return to the stage after an absence of 20 years as he takes on the role of the wily old criminal Fagin in Oliver! Correspondent Rebecca Jones talks to him about what it is like to return after such a long time away.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the network of Sikh organisations.

How should a nation react to tough economic times? Should politicians muster the tones of Winston Churchill and should the nation get all patriotic? Economist Tim Harford discusses whether the country should look back to 1968 - when a campaign called "Backing Britain" was launched - for ways to revive the nation's spirits.

The government is to explain how it plans to improve social mobility. Cabinet Office Minister Liam Byrne discusses how barriers to social advancement can be broken down.

Israeli forces move deeper into Gaza City as the death count in the area continues to rise. Correspondent Jeremy Bowen examines overnight reports that western areas of the city came under shellfire from Israeli gunboats.

The winner of the TS Eliot prize for poetry has been announced. Jen Hadfield's collection Nigh-No-Place was praised for its originality of poetic imagination. She reads her work and discusses what the prize means to her.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Plans for new legislation from Home Secretary Jacqui Smith suggest police will be given extra powers to restrict the movement of gang members. Gavin Lockhart, head of the crime and justice unit at the think tank Policy Exchange, and author Tony Thomson discuss if the law needs to be tougher on gangs.

One of the last four British veterans of the World War I, and the only known living veteran to have served in both world wars, has died at the age of 108. In an interview conducted in 2005, Bill Stone - despite having a bad cold - talked to reporter Mike Thompson about how, once he turned 18, there was no stopping him from joining the Navy.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Details of the 1911 Census are available for the first time on a commercial website. Reporter Sanchia Berg finds entries for both her own family and Today presenter Evan Davis, and talks them through with historian Nick Barratt.

Police hunting the killers of a sub-postmaster's son in an armed robbery at a village post office have arrested eight people in raids in Birmingham. Correspondent Fiona Trott gives the latest developments.

The current conflict in Gaza has raised tensions between the Jewish and Muslim communities in France. Paris correspondent Emma-Jane Kirby reports on the social and political consequences of the rising anger against Israel.

The New Opportunities White Paper is to be published, setting out measures to improve the life chances of children from poorer backgrounds. Dr Lee Elliot Major, director of research at the Sutton Trust, and historian and author Dominic Sandbrook, discuss whether cultural and educational factors are still limiting children's chances.



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