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Today: Tuesday 14th September

Ofsted inspectors say nearly half a million children in England have been wrongly identified as having special educational needs. A senior policeman is calling for police budgets to be protected, so officers can cope with rising social tension caused by Government spending cuts. And why a top expert on cannabis thinks people should be granted licences to smoke the drug legally.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Liverpool councillor Richard Kemp and Alexander Ehmann from IOD discuss the best alternatives to replace Regional Development Agencies, which are being scrapped as part of the coalition's spending review. And designer Patrick Cox talks about what it feels like to build a business, lose it and try to build a new one again.

Half a million children in England are wrongly identified by schools as having special educational needs, according to the government inspectors Ofsted. Its chief inspector Christine Gilbert outlines what measures might be taken to reduce this number.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Labour MP Diane Abbott claims to be the first black woman in Europe to stand for a political leadership. Political correspondent Norman Smith joined Ms Abbott in Manchester where she told him she thinks the coalition's cuts could put back race relations by a generation.

The police service must be kept strong enough to cope with rising social and industrial tensions in the face of widespread public spending cuts, senior policeman will insist this week. President of the Police Superintendent's Association, Derek Barnett warns of rising levels of disaffection, social and industrial tension in the country.

Parents of a seven year-old girl have been warned by county council officials to stop letting her go to the bus stop to catch a bus to school by herself. Her father's partner Natasha Fegan is shocked at the prospect of having to take their daughter down to the bus stop only 20 metres away from their house.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

The financial crisis should be used as an opportunity for wholesale reform to health, education, policing and welfare, according to the Commission on 2020 Public Services. Reporter Tom Bateman looks at what the public services might look like in ten years' time.

The paper review.

One of the UK's leading cannabis researchers is asking the policy makers to consider allowing the licensed sale of the drug for recreational use. Professor of neuropharmacology Roger Pertwee outlines his thoughts on selling the drug legally.

Thought for the Day with Bishop Tom Butler.

Zimbabwe's government is taking further radical steps to shift power and money from whites to blacks. Correspondent Mike Thomson talked to the country's Minister for Indigenisation, Saviour Kasukuwere, about the policy. International relations professor Stephen Chan analyses how the move will affect big international companies with businesses in the country.

Ofsted says nearly half a million children in England labelled with special needs have been wrongly diagnosed. Jo Shuter, headteacher at a secondary school in North London, Quintin Kynaston School, and John Bangs, former assistant general secretary of the NUT, discuss the reasons for the high numbers.

Natascha Kampusch, the Austrian who was kidnapped when she was ten and held in a secret cellar for eight years, has written a book about the ordeal called 3096 Days. Author and journalist Jon Ronson analyses how she has been able to deal with her past.

The Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war will meet at Tidworth Garrison in Wiltshire today to hear the views of British veterans of the conflict. Veterans Colonel Tim Collins and Patrick Hennessy debate whether war was justified.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

A senior police officer is urging ministers to protect police forces from the worst of the public spending cuts, so they are in a position to deal with "social and industrial tensions" resulting from the government's austerity measures. Chief executive of the charity RSA Matthew Taylor, Labour MP Frank Dobson and Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs debate the consequences of a shift of public services to the private sector.

An official report publishes its results today into the events surrounding the murder of the leader of the Loyalist Volunteer force Billy Wright in the UK's highest security jail 13 years ago. Northern Ireland reporter Andy Martin has been examining the circumstances of the killing.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders are due to resume peace talks today in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik, where they will be joined by the American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen assesses if this latest attempt to secure peace in the region has any chance of success.

At least one-in-five five school children in England are now classed as having special educational needs (SEN), according to Ofsted. Brian Lamb, who chaired an inquiry last year into whether parents had confidence in the SEN system, gives his reaction to the claims.


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