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Today: Thursday 7th October

Millions of public sector workers will learn this morning about possible changes to their pensions. What is the government's message to large families? And David Bailey on photographing British troops in Afghanistan.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Economist Andrew Lilico on the mounting pressure on the Bank of England to deliver more economy-boosting support. State controller John Chiang analyses the austerity measures proposal in the state of California. And the Eurostar chief executive, Nicolas Petrovic, explains why Germans rather than the French would be better at building the new tunnel trains.

The British Library has released recordings of great British and American poets of the 20th century reading their own poems.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Newsnight last night that the "state shouldn't support" large families who receive more in benefits than the average family earns. Social policy consultant Donald Hirsch analyses the government's approach to the welfare system.

A report commissioned by the government could open the way for major changes to the pensions of public sector workers. Hugh Pym reports on Lord Hutton's planned recommendations for the pension scheme.

Next month Burma will hold elections for the first time in 20 years. A BBC correspondent, whose name is being withheld to protect those she spoke to, has travelled to the country under cover to talk to the opposition party members about the election process.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

David Cameron wants GPs to have much more power in the decision-making process on how the money is spent within the NHS. Professor Steve Field, of the Royal College of General Practitioners, examines the impact of the proposed changes on the health system.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Drugs previously withheld from people in the early stages of Alzheimer's are to be made available on the NHS in England and Wales. Alzheimer's patient Ann Johnson and Sir Andrew Dillon, of the NHS watchdog NICE, discuss the impact of early treatment on the development of the disease.

The paper review.

As a part of the programme's reports on the Man Booker Prize nominations, arts correspondent Rebecca Jones talks to the Australian writer Peter Carey about his novel Parrot and Olivier in America.

Thought for the Day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

Yesterday's attack on the British embassy car in Yemen was the second incident in six months in which British officials have been targeted in the country. The British ambassador to Yemen, Tim Torlot, describes the threat he faces.

Millions of public sector workers are to learn about possible changes to their pensions. Chairman of the Independent Public Sector Pensions Commission, Lord Hutton outlines his proposals and Brendan Barber of the TUC comments on the proposed reforms.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

A remarkable poem is published today by Ted Hughes about the night his estranged wife Sylvia Plath killed herself. Writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg describes his involvement in the publication of the lost poem.

Photographer David Bailey is publishing a series of portraits he took during a week he spent at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan earlier this year. He tells Sarah Montague about the reasons behind his visit.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has called on people who are living off benefits to take responsibility for the number of children they have. Labour MP Kate Green and Dr David Green of the think-tank Civitas discuss the proposed changes to the benefits system.

There are growing concerns that Sudan is slipping back towards civil war. The Episcopal Archbishop of Sudan, Daniel Deng and Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams outline their concerns about growing tensions in the south of the country.

The coalition government has said that the projected rise in the cost of public sector pensions is unsustainable. Author David Craig and Chris Keates of the NASUWT debate the proposed changes to public sector pension schemes.


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