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Today: Wednesday 7th September

A group of leading economists has called on the government to scrap the 50p top rate of tax. And also on today's programme, are childcare costs driving people into poverty?

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Business news with Adam Shaw. There might be a vacancy for the job of global safe haven after Switzerland's shock currency intervention yesterday. Jeremy Stretch from CIBC assesses the Swiss national bank's decision. Paul Kavanagh casts an eye over the markets. Holger Schmieding from German bank Berenberg looks at the economic situation in that country. And David Hunter from M&C Energy Group considers plans to change the way energy contracts are negotiated within the EU.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

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The start of the new school year sees the opening of the first 24 free schools in England. The Today programme's Sanchia Berg has been speaking to sceptics and supporters of the controversial education scheme about the wider impact of free schools. 0709
Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Chancellor George Osborne acknowledged in a speech to the City last night that the economy is growing at a slower pace than he had expected. Business editor Robert Peston assesses the address, during which Mr Osborne maintained he would not change his plans for cutting the deficit.

The United States believes a convoy with senior members of Libya's defunct regime which has entered Niger did not include Gaddafi himself. The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports on life in Tripoli, as the city attempts to return to normal. 0720
The Scottish government is expected to announce measures to create a single Scottish police force when it sets out its legislative programme today. The BBC's Glenn Campbell previews the proposals.

The National Trust is due to meet the planning minister Greg Clark today to raise its concerns about the proposed changes to the planning system. The Trust's Ben Cowell explains why he fears the government is putting economic growth ahead of all other considerations.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The German constitutional court is ruling today on the legality of the government's decision to participate in bailouts for weak eurozone economies. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt previews the court's decision. And David Marsh, author of Germany and Europe: the Crisis of Unity, considers the country's relationship with the rest of the continent.

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The musician PJ Harvey has become the first person to win the Mercury Prize twice. The BBC's Colin Paterson reports on a little piece of musical history.

Thought for the Day with the Right Reverend Graham James.

The high cost of childcare in this country is resulting in people from both low and middle income families struggling to afford it, according to a new report. Jenny Dyer, a working mother of two, shares her experience. And Justin Forsyth from Save the Children joins director of Politeia Sheila Lawlor to debate the best way to finance the nation's childcare.

In a speech last night George Osborne told the City that he will not change course on his deficit reduction policy despite pressure from market players and forecasts. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the chancellor's address. And the chancellor's former chief of staff, Matthew Hancock MP, and Lord Levene, who spoke ahead of Mr Osborne at the event, consider how the City itself may need to change its own culture.

Sunday is the tenth anniversary of 9/11, but this week also marks a decade since Al Qaeda's assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud, an Afghan guerrilla commander who fought against the Taliban. Security correspondent Gordon Corera reports on this lesser-known attack, which left a difficult legacy for the country.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

A bomb has exploded outside the Indian High Court in Delhi. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumdar reports from the city.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Demonising Muslim organisations which have been key to reducing Al Qaeda's recruitment and influence in Britain has resulted in a counter-terrorism policy that is "damaging, dangerous and demeaning". Bob Lambert, the former head of the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism unit that took charge of relations with Muslims, explains why he takes this view.

Will televising the final part of a court case turn it into a form of lurid entertainment? Legal crime writer MR Hall and Clive Anderson, the broadcaster and former barrister, imagine what kind of spectacle televised sentencing could provide.

The government's controversial health bill, which would bring wider competition to the NHS in England, returns to the Commons later today. Health correspondent Hywel Griffith assesses how the plans would affect the rest of the UK.
0855 Alex Salmond will set out his legislative programme today, and is expected to announce the creation of a single Scottish police force. David Strang, the Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police, and Les Gray from the Scottish Police Federation, discuss how this would change the face of the nation's policing.



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