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Today: Monday 4th July

Far-reaching proposals on the funding of care for elderly people in England are being published. Rebel forces in Libya say they are holding back from a final assault on Tripoli because of the risk of causing large-scale civilian casualties. Also on today's programme, the price of corruption in Russia.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: Proposals to reform the cost of care for the elderly could mean a boom for the insurance industry. David Brown, financial services partner at PWC, considers how much people should have to pay for care. And Lesley Curwen reports from Washington, where US senators are having their July 4th holiday cut short to try and stop the US defaulting on its debts. Download the podcast

A scheme run by police to tackle gang crime in Glasgow is being praised for reducing violence, incidents of gang fighting and possession of weapons in the areas. Phil Mackie, who reported for Today on the initiative when it began, has been back to Glasgow to look at the results.

The Sri Lankan government says that reaction to a UN report on the end of its war with the Tamil Tigers is hampering reconciliation on the island. Professor Rajiva Wijesinha, adviser on reconciliation to the Sri Lankan president, analyses progress in the area.

Labour MPs are warning that government plans to cap the total benefits received by a family to £26,000 a year will lead to higher local authority bills as families become homeless and need to be placed in temporary accommodation. The shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne outlines his criticism.

The disposal of junk mail is costing taxpayers millions of pounds across the country, according to an investigation for BBC's Panorama programme. Alex Walsh, head of postal and environmental affairs at the Direct Marketing Association, and Richard Kemp, vice chairman of the local government association, representing local authorities, debate the need for junk mail.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Praised by Frank Sinatra as the best singer in the business, the music and principles Tony Bennett has stuck to since the 1950s have won him a new generation of fans. Nicola Stanbridge spoke to him about his new album and why, as he turns 85, he still shows no signs of slowing down.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A food crisis is developing in the Horn of Africa, where drought and high food prices are spreading hunger among millions of people in Somalia, northern Kenya, Ethiopia and nearby states. BBC presenter Ben Brown, who is at Dadaab in Northern Kenya, the world's biggest refugee camp, and Sonia Zambakides, of Save the Children in Somalia, explain why alarm bells are now ringing.

Paper review.

The Dilnot report will today lay out how the future care of the elderly should be funded in England. Author and care home resident Diana Athill reports on how society's attitudes towards the elderly have evolved.

Thought for the day with the religious commentator Clifford Longley.

It is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, and a new statue of him will be unveiled on 4 July in Grosvenor Square, London. Lord Howe, who worked with him as Margaret Thatcher's foreign secretary, explains why the relationship between Reagan and Britain is being celebrated.

An independent commission on long term care for the elderly is expected to recommend today that care costs should be capped and means-tested thresholds increased. The report's author, Andrew Dilnot, sets out his findings. And political editor Nick Robinson considers the impact they will have on government policy.

Boxer David Haye talks to Garry Richardson about his defeat to Wladimir Klitschko and possible retirement.

A series of early Hitchcock films will be screened by the British Film Institute next summer, in an push to restore some of his early works made between 1925-29. The British composer Tansy Davies, who will write new scores to the films, and the violinist Aisha Orazbayeva discuss how the project will change our understanding of Alfred Hitchcock's work.

One of the most senior figures in the police service has expressed grave doubts about government plans to change policing. Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers and former chief constable of Northern Ireland, explains his concern that the government's proposals risk "compromising the safety of citizens for reasons of expediency".

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Corruption is rife in Russia, seen by some as a legacy of the Soviet system. Edward Stourton reports from Moscow.

Can the ratio between the salaries of the highest paid and average paid workers in an organisation tell you very much? Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation, who is publishing a report on pay ratios today, and Tony Travers, local government finance expert at the London School of Economics, debate whether pay ratios should be published and tracked.

Ed Miliband says he wants to get involved in cross-party talks on the controversial question of the cost of social care. Matthew d'Ancona, columnist for the Sunday Telegraph, and Lorraine Davidson of the Times, who was a director of communications for the Scottish Labour Party, consider his motives.



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