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Today: Friday 29th October

The Treasury says it may use fines to compel high rate tax payers to disclose if their partner is receiving child benefit. And some Conservatives have expressed concerns that the EU budget may rise by more than they want, despite David Cameron's efforts to restrict any increase.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: Proposed EU rules on how and when bonuses in financial services firms are paid are being discussed at an open meeting in London today. Jon Terry, head of reward at PWC, London, outlines the EU proposals. Our Friday boss, John Brennan from Jury's Inn, tells us how his company is faring during troubled economic times.

David Cameron was adamant that a cash freeze in the size of the EU budget for 2011 was necessary for Britain's economic stability. But now there is to be a rise in European spending of just under three per cent. Roger Helmer, Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, expresses his concerns about the deal.

The first detailed research into views about sentencing for murder has been carried out. It has emerged that almost half of the public do not believe murderers should be imprisoned for life. The BBC's Clive Coleman has been finding out more.

Amid the furore about the government's decision to withdraw Child Benefit from higher rate tax payers, one question always stood out. How would the government enforce the measure? John Whiting, from the Chartered Institute of Taxation, analyses how higher rate taxpayers will be assessed.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

When actress Margot Boyd died last year, she bequeathed money for the promotion of theatre arts in Bath. Tonight, the result goes on show at the city's Theatre Royal, in a amateur performance of the Roman epic, Ben Hur. The show's co-producer, Jill Bennetts, explains the bequest which made it possible.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Sarah Palin is not a candidate in America's mid-term election on Tuesday. But she is vigorously campaigning for conservative candidates around the US, and her own political future will be shaped by the outcome. The BBC's Kevin Connolly has been examining Palin's Alaskan roots examining Palin's Alaskan rootsand asking what influence she will have in the future.

The paper review.

As a result of housing benefit reforms, some people are worried that the poor will be swept out of the centre of London into the suburbs. Conservative MP Mark Field, who represents the Cities of London and Westminster, outlines his views.

Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

Research has just been published into what the public think about penalties for murder. Currently the penalty is life imprisonment, but the Law Commission suggests we move to the American system of having first and second degree murder. Criminal barrister William Clegg and former Attorney General, Lord Falconer, debate the issue.

Higher rate taxpayers, who do not tell Revenue and Customs they are no longer eligible for £20 a week child benefit, will be fined. Political correspondent Iain Watson outlines the move and Conservative MP Iain Liddell Grainger, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on taxation, examines the potential consequences.

Although David Cameron wanted a cash freeze in the size of the EU budget for 2011, he has gone back on words because there are now suggestions that there is to be an increase in European spending. The Foreign Secretary William Hague outlines the ins and outs of the agreement.

Among documents released today at the National Archives is the personal file of former SOE agent Eileen Nearne whose death triggered hundreds to gather at her funeral. It was said that she never spoke about her past, which was not strictly true as the Today programme has unearthed a Timewatch documentary from 1997 where she was interviewed at length under her pseudonym - Rose. Sanchia Berg reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Some of the language being used about the government's housing benefit reforms has been described as very strong and offensive. It began with Chris Bryant who named it "sociological cleansing" and Boris Johnson referred to Kosovo. The Guardian's Polly Toynbee and Conservative blogger Tim Montgomerie debate whether these comments make the Tories look like the "nasty party".

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

The Scottish Labour party begins its conference today in Oban. It comes at in interesting time for higher education in Scotland. When Labour ran Scotland with the Lib Dems, they kept tuition fees away from universities there. But is that still tenable? Labour's leader in the Scottish parliament, Iain Gray, outlines how the party will approach the dilemma.

The world's biggest and fastest supercomputer is now Chinese. The annual rankings are maintained by Professor Jack Dongarra, from the University of Tennessee. Prof Dongarra tells Evan Davis just how big this computer is.

Sony are ceasing production of the Walkman, the iconic personal cassette player and irritating bete noir of many a novel-reading commuter. Tom Bateman has been on a bus to examine the continuing phenomenon of music encroaching on private space, now known as Sodcasting, and writer Sarfraz Manzoor examines the ethics of listening to personal music players in public.


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