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Today: Monday 20 April 2009

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Chancellor Alistair Darling is expected to announce £15bn of spending cuts in his Budget, paid for in efficiency savings. England's care system needs a radical overhaul with the state acting as a "pushy parent" to get the best for children, MPs say. And there have been calls for a national debate into how the police deal with public demonstrations.


Writer JG Ballard, best known for the autobiographical novel Empire Of The Sun, has died aged 78. The writer Iain Sinclair, a friend and admirer of JG Ballard, looks back at the author's career.


After 90 complaints were made about the policing of the recent G20 protests in London there have been calls this weekend for a review of public order policing. The president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Ken Jones, discusses the calls for a review.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Zimbabwe's population live in abject poverty and disease. Yet people at the very top are creaming off billions of pounds through the illegal sale of the country's diamonds. In an exclusive report from Zimbabwe, World Affairs Editor John Simpson goes on the trail of the country's illegal diamonds.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The Children, Schools and Families Committee has warned that the state is failing in its duty to protect children in care from sexual exploitation, homelessness and falling into crime. In a report, the committee also urges that residential care no longer be seen automatically as a last resort. Chairman of the committee Barry Sheerman and independent social worker Joanna Nicolas discuss the claims.

Today's papers.


As MPs return to Westminster after the Easter recess, Chancellor Alistair Darling is preparing to announce the budget. It comes after an eventful fortnight for the government which Political Editor Nick Robinson looks back on.

Thought for the day with the John Bell of the Iona community.


The death of former governor of the Bank of England Lord Eddie George was announced at the weekend. He was the first governor of the independent bank of England and was known by the media as 'Steady Eddie'. Business Editor Robert Peston and the shadow Business Secretary Ken Clarke discuss his legacy.


Nick Hardwick, the head of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, has called for a national debate on how public events are dealt with by police. The death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 events and footage apparently showing police brutality have fuelled calls for a review. David Davis, former shadow home secretary, and Derek Barnett, vice president of the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales, discuss the calls for a debate.


The Olympic sport of handball suffered a blow in Britain earlier in the year when its London 2012 funding was cut. However, six members of the Great Britain team have found fame with the German team of Essen. Stephen Chittenden went to watch one of their games.


A group of MPs has called for a radical overhaul of the care system in England, in the aftermath of the Baby P case. The Children, Schools and Families Select Committee says children at risk should be taken into care earlier and remain in the care system for longer. Education Minister Lady Morgan discusses the suggestions.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Transport Minister Lord Adonis has been travelling across Britain's rail network, clocking up some 2,000 miles. He discusses how he found his journey and what improvements can be made with Liberal Democrats transport spokesman Norman Baker.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


There are around 3,000 under 18s being held in custody in England and Wales, but the re-offending rate is high, at around 80%. Francis Done, the recently appointed chair of the Youth Justice Board, suggests that intensive fostering might be a better alternative to locking them up. Winifred Robinson went to Staffordshire to see one of the projects in action.


Security Correspondent Gordon Correra discusses new details that have been emerging about the use of waterboarding by CIA interrogators.


The unveiling of a statue of comic duo Laurel and Hardy in Laurel's hometown of Ulverston has caused great excitement. But shouldn't statues be reserved for soldiers or great political figures? Graham Vincent, from South Lakeland District Council, and military historian, Peter Caddick, discusses who deserves a statue.


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