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Today: Wednesday 23 June

The coalition government is defending its Budget of tax rises and deep spending cuts as "fair" and "unavoidable"; Labour says it is "reckless". President Obama says his top military commander in Afghanistan showed poor judgement in publicly criticising the administration. And has England's footballing prowess been going steadily down hill since 1929?

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0615
Business news: Adam Shaw analyses the budget with Chris Sanger, former Treasury advisor, and asks Lee Healy, benefits expert from the website Income Max, how much of a shake up the welfare system will go through. And Andrew Bell, chief executive of Witan Investment Trust, looks over the markets.

0653
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Helen Barnard examines what effect George Osborne's Budget may have on the less well-off.

0709
How will the Budget report affect the Home Office? Colin Talbot, professor of public policy, outlines where the bulk of money is spent within that department.

0713
A series of art auctions taking place in London are expected to generate record trades. Arts editor Will Gompertz looks at why the art dealership trade is booming while most other sectors of the economy are struggling.

0716
The business news with Adam Shaw.

0718
Yesterday we launched a joint appeal with the Institute for Government for our listeners who work in public services to tell us about concrete ways of saving money. Andrew Hosken reports on what the response has been like.

0722
Could we do more to help children avoid getting caught up in crime and gangs? Chief inspector of prisons, Dame Anne Owers and Junior Smart, of St Giles Trust, discuss whether police, probation services and prisons have missed opportunities to help youngsters.

0725
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0731
There have been two Budgets this year: yesterday's from George Osborne and one in March from Alistair Darling. Mr Darling outlines the differences between the two statements.

0739
The paper review.

0742
Has England's footballing prowess been going steadily down hill since 1929? Author Jonathan Wilson and former England cricketer Ed Smith discuss England's future in this World Cup.

0747
Thought for the day with Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

0750
President Obama says his top military commander in Afghanistan showed poor judgement in publicly criticising the administration. Anthony Cordesman, former adviser to the general, explains what action General McChrystal should take. Col Lawrence Wilkerson outlines what he thinks the president will do.

0810
The coalition government argues its budget of tax rises and deep spending cuts as "fair" and "unavoidable"; Labour says it is "reckless". Chancellor George Osborne defends his budget. Political editor Nick Robinson explains the impact of the Budget on the economy.

0826
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

0833
Bombs have killed at least nine Iraqis, including two leaders of government-backed Sunni militias, that have fought al-Qaida in Iraq. Canon Andrew White and Iraqi journalist Sahar Issa discuss the public view of the government and the corruption affecting Iraqi society.

0838
France has been eliminated from the World Cup after losing 2-1 to host South Africa in its final group match. Correspondent Christian Fraser looks at how the French team disgraced itself off the field prior to the game.

0842
The business news with Adam Shaw.

0845
It has been 40 years since the first Glastonbury festival. Reporter Jon Kay talks to Mick Ringham, a DJ at the very first festival, and who will spin his discs at this year's event.

0851
David Cameron and Nick Clegg will be today arguing for their Budget as "fair". Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and Jill Kirby, director of the Centre for Policy Studies, debate whether the budget is really fair.




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