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Today: Tuesday 3 February 2009

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Commuters face more disruption and hundreds of schools remain shut, as up to 12 inches of snow is forecast for some UK areas. The government is planning to set up "memory clinics" across England to spot and treat the early signs of dementia.

The government is set to unveil plans for "memory clinics" to spot and treat dementia, as part of a new strategy. Co-author of the strategy Professor Sube Banerjee, of King's College London, discusses the extent of problems with diagnosing the condition.

After severe snowfall, is there another day of chaos in prospect? Reporter Phil Mackie visits the National Transport Centre in Birmingham to discover how public transport is being disrupted as the bad weather heads north towards the Scottish borders.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

One in seven social worker posts are vacant as social services across England face a recruitment crisis, the Conservatives say. Shadow children's minister Tim Loughton discusses if excessive bureaucracy and low morale has caused the recruiting problems.

A record-breaking heat wave in south-eastern Australia has caused up to 35 fatalities and left firefighters struggling to contain bushfires in the state of Victoria. Correspondent Nick Bryant reports on the most severe heatwave in the country for over 100 years.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to pursue his vision of a United States of Africa, in his inaugural address as the new chairman of the African Union (AU). World affairs correspondent Mark Doyle discusses calls from the AU for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe. Foreign Office Minister Mark Malloch Brown says he is sceptical of Robert Mugabe's role in a power-sharing deal but the UK must "give this deal a go".

How and why did London come to a standstill despite advance warnings of the severe weather being given? Peter Hendy, commissioner of Transport for London, discusses if the capital was prepared for the snow.

Today's papers.

Despite the snow bringing disruption to roads and to those heading to work, lots of people reacted with a sense of fun - venturing out to engage in snowball fights and the building of snowmen. Reporter Jack Izzard goes out to play in central London.

Thought for the day with columnist and novelist Anne Atkins.

Do the protests at Lindsey oil refinery mean EU law needs to be reformed to stop freedom of trade being put ahead of workers' rights in a recession? John Monks, general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, discusses if free trade should be maintained.

Up to 12 inches of snow is forecast as the weather that hit southern England - the most severe for 18 years - moves north. John Ransford, chief executive the Local Government Association, discusses if councils were under-prepared for the weather, despite receiving advance warning.

The government is planning to set up "memory clinics" across England to spot and treat the early signs of dementia. Economist and author George Magnus and Professor Andrew Kerslake, of the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University, discuss if this will "transform the lives" of 700,000 sufferers.

It is 50 years since "the day the music died" - the death of Buddy Holly in a plane crash in Iowa. Singer Alvin Stardust, who had a hit with a song called I feel Like Buddy Holly in 1984, and Mark Ellen, editor of music magazine The Word, discuss the musician, who died when he was just 23 years old.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The government is to pilot an approach called social pedagogy in a bid to improve the lives of children in care. Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee, explains what the term means and how it will improve children's services. Home Affairs editor Mark Easton visits Denmark to see the scheme in action. He also discovers new training schemes in Essex, including case studies using photos (including the one on the right) about the correct way to deal with children.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

How would religion regulate financial markets? Tarek El Diwany, founder of Islamic Finance, and the Right Reverend Peter Selby, the former Bishop of Worcester, discusses if religion should interfere in market regulation.

Whether you're snow excited about the weather or if it has just snowed you down, severe conditions always appear to polarise opinion about whether it is a positive or negative thing. Simon Barnes, of the Times, and Con Coughlin, of the Telegraph, discuss if winter is a joy - or just a messy hassle.


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