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Today: Tuesday 30th March

A compulsory levy to help pay for social care for adults in England will be unveiled under new plans today. And Moscow is holding a day of mourning for the 38 people killed in Monday's twin suicide bombings on the city's Metro.

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Long-awaited proposals for funding social care in England will be set out under the National Care Strategy for England today. Ministers have shelved plans for a death tax, calling instead for a system of universal care which would be financed through compulsory contributions. Scotland currently provides free personal care for those who need it. Andrew Hosken reports from north London on one woman's experience of the current system and Andrew Harrop, director of public policy at Age Concern and Help the Aged, considers how the funding proposals will affect social care in England.

The Large Hadron Collider at Cern is set to conduct the biggest and most complex scientific experiment, after breaking down during its first attempt in 2008. Later today two beams of protons will be sent speeding around the Collider to replicate conditions shortly after the Big Bang. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports from Cern.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

MPs are criticising the government's anti-extremism strategy for alienating Muslims as many believe it is being used as a cover to spy on communities. A Communities and Local Government Select Committee report found that money had been spent on "unfocussed and irrelevant" projects. Maajid Nawaz, director of the Quilliam Foundation, analyses how the strategy has approached violent extremism.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Some of the richest and most powerful men in the world are gathering in London tomorrow to discuss how to help the world's poorest countries adopt climate change policies. The UN aims to raise $100bn a year for the rest of this decade to fund the changes in poorer countries. Professor James Lovelock, who developed the Gaia theory that the Earth functions as a giant, self-regulating organism, outlines his view of how climate change is affecting the planet.

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Last night the Treasury spokesmen from the three main parties, Alistair Darling, George Osborne and Vince Cable, debated their policies in an Ask the Chancellors debate on Channel 4. Andrew Billen, TV critic for The Times, and Charlie Beckett, director of media think tank Polis, examine how the candidates performed.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral.

Legal drug mephedrone and other synthetic legal highs are to be banned after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommended they be re-classified to a Class B drug. Class B drugs, which include cannabis and amphetamine sulphate, carry a maximum sentence of five years for possession or 14 years for supply. Several deaths have been linked to mephedrone. Professor Les Iversen, the council's interim chair, comments on the government's decision to ban legal highs.

New plans to fund a new National Care Service in England to look after the needs of older people and other vulnerable groups requiring daily help are to be unveiled today. Political editor Nick Robinson outlines the proposals. Health Secretary Andy Burnham and shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley debate social care funding.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The government's intelligence service, GCHQ, eavesdrops on communications around the world bit little is known about who works there or how it operates. A BBC Radio 4 documentary, GHCQ: Cracking the Code, investigates how the secretive department carries out its daily activities. Security correspondent Gordon Correra was given access to the elusive department.

The Press Complaints Commission has upheld for the first time a complaint against comments that were made on a website by an internet blogger. A reader complained after Rod Liddle, a former editor of this programme, wrote on the website of the Spectator magazine that the "overwhelming majority" of violent crime in London was carried out by young Afro-Caribbean men. Stephen Abell, director of the Press Complaints Commission, comments on the issue.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

New plans to fund a new National Care Service in England to look after the needs of older people and other vulnerable groups requiring daily help, are to be unveiled today. Home affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, Norman Lamb, discusses the proposals.

Who was the real Leonardo da Vinci? Best known for his artistic genius and extraordinary inventiveness, Leonardo was also a sinister military genius who's inventions caused painful deaths during the 16th century wars in Europe. Jonathan Jones, author of The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel that Defined the Renaissance, and art critic for the Guardian, reflects on Leonardo's paradoxical life.

Former prime minister Tony Blair is to play a key role in Labour's election campaign with a brief to target David Cameron's "failure" to modernise the Conservatives. Mr Blair will begin his assigned task with a speech at his former constituency headquarters in Sedgefield. Matthew Taylor, head of policy at Number 10 under Tony Blair, and Daniel Finkelstein, former adviser to Conservative Party, comment on Blair's return to the political scene.


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