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Today: Friday 30th September

The government is giving £250m to councils to bring back weekly rubbish collections. More than 1,000 Royal Navy personnel will find out today that they are being made redundant because of the government's cuts to the defence budget. And also on the programme... how should Mozart's 23rd Piano Concerto really be played?

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Business news with Dominic Laurie. Plans for a Europe-wide financial transaction tax have received a mixed reaction across the continent. Emeritus professor of economics at the University of Frankfurt Professor Wilhelm Hankel explains why so many German politicians seem to be in favour. The Friday Boss is the investor Jim Rogers. And we look at the markets.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

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The speed limit on motorways could be raised from 70 to 80 mph. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond explains why the government is thinking of introducing the change. And Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, responds to the proposals.

The government is announcing plans to encourage councils in England to restore weekly bin collections. Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman of the local government association and leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, considers the practicalities of the scheme's re-introduction.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

There are going to be changes in the way that schools in England are inspected, with more time spent on classroom observations and outstanding schools not being regularly inspected. Ofsted's chief inspector Miriam Rosen hails the new arrangements.

People who work in temporary jobs or for agencies for at least 12 weeks will have the same rights as full-time staff under a new European directive. The TUC's Sarah Veale and Angela Shields of the law firm Pitmans debate if the new law will benefit employers and employees.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

A military court in Bahrain has sentenced a group of 20 medical staff who treated anti-government demonstrators earlier this year to up to 15 years in prison. One of the doctors, Nada Dhaif, shares her story.

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New research suggests that one of Mozart's most famous piano concertos, number 23, may have originally been performed differently to how it is today. Pianist and musicologist Robert Levin plays part of the "new" version next month, and explains the history behind it.

Thought for the Day with the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser.

Just over 1,000 Royal Navy personnel are to be made redundant today, about a third of them forced to leave, as part of a much wider reduction in the armed forces. Commodore Michael Mansergh, head of Royal Navy manning at the MOD, explains how the cuts will work. And former First Sea Lord Admiral Lord West, criticises the move.

Weekly bin collections may return to England, after the government announced it was establishing a £250m fund to help councils make the switch. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles explains the plans.
A military court in Bahrain has sentenced a group of 20 medical staff who treated anti-government demonstrators earlier this year to up to 15 years in prison. Malcolm Smart, Middle East director of Amnesty International, voices his concerns. And Bahraini government spokesman Sheikh Abdul Aziz responds.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The European Commission has threatened to take legal action against Britain in a dispute about a residency test that determines which EU nationals are eligible for benefits. Laszlo Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, sets out his concerns.

An American classics professor, Madeline Miller, has written a modern prose novel that takes elements of the The Iliad for its plot. Professor Miller and Dr Peter Jones, co-founder of the charity Friends of the Classics, discuss whether it will encourage people to tackle Homer himself.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Former police chief Ali Dizaei, who is facing trial for corruption, has been reinstated as a commander at Scotland Yard following an appeal against his dismissal. The BBC's Danny Shaw reports.

On yesterday's programme we covered the Royal College of Surgeons' concerns about NHS failings in carrying out emergency operations. Dr Zack Cooper from the London School of Economics considers where the blame should lie.

The government is announcing plans to encourage councils in England to restore weekly bin collections. Julian Kirby from Friends of the Earth considers the impact of the scheme.

The Tevatron particle collider, for many years the most powerful machine of its kind in the world, will close down today. The Today programme's Tom Feilden explains why many are mourning its demise.

Wales today becomes the first nation in the UK to introduce a charge for carrier bags. Bob Gordon, head of environment at the British Retail Consortium and and Sustainable Development Minister in the welsh government John Griffiths react to the measure.


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