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Today: Wednesday 19th October

Should people over the age of 60 be encouraged to move into smaller homes to help tackle the housing shortage? Compensation for egg donors is to rise from £250 to £750. Also on the programme, the return of bob-a-job.

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Business news with Simon Jack. Lord Wolfson, the chief executive of Next, explains why he is putting up £250,000 as a prize for the economist who can come up with the best plan for a country to exit the euro.

A leading health charity has called for a "democratic revolution" in the way care homes in Britain are run. Steve Jenkin of the Sue Ryder charity, which specialises in looking after people at the end of their lives, says homes should be governed for residents, by residents.

A report by the Intergenerational Foundation says there are not enough homes for young families and that widows widows are taking up too many large houses. Housing economist John Wriglesworth analyses if older people are unfairly tying up the housing market.

The bailiffs and bulldozers are moving into the Dale Farm site at Essex after the group of travellers living there put up a legal battle against Basildon Council to prevent their removal. The BBC's Mark Worthington reports from the site and Mary-Ann is one of around 50 travellers still living there.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A House of Lords committee says EU rules should be changed to allow the General Medical Council to apply clinical and medical tests on people coming to this country to work. Chairman of the committee Baroness Lola Young explains why they think patients in this country are being put at risk by the free movement of medical staff and healthcare workers across the EU.

A 48-hour general strike has begun in Greece against the government's austerity measures, one of the biggest since the country was forced to accept a huge financial bail-out from Europe and the IMF nearly 18 months ago. Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

Since Mexico's president launched a war on drugs five years ago, 45,000 people are estimated to have been killed. Ian Pannell reports from Veracruz on fears the violence is spreading from the border areas deeper into the country.

A review of the papers.

The practice of bob-a-jobbing was a common endeavour for Cubs and Scouts until it was brought to an end in the early 90s due to concerns over child safety. Now there are plans to resurrect it. Head of Nottinghamshire Scouts Matt Rooney and former Tory MP-turned-broadcaster Gyles Brandreth share their bob-a-job memories.

Thought for The Day with The Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly.

New rules on compensation for egg donors are expected to be approved today, which will see women donors receive a flat fee of £750 per cycle, an increase of £500. Professor Lisa Jardine of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and Dr David King of the campaign group Human Genetics Alert debate if a financial incentive is a good thing.

Some 25 million bedrooms lie unoccupied in British homes according to a report by the Intergenerational Foundation. It says much of Britain's housing is unused despite a housing shortage affecting primarily the younger generation. Reporter Sancha Berg speaks to one elderly couple, defined as living in an under-occupied home. And the Intergenerational Foundation's Ashley Seager and Ros Altman of Saga discuss whether pensioners should be encouraged to sell up the family home.

Did Winston Churchill's skill as a host ease international relations? Cita Stelzer, author of Dinner with Churchill, and former diplomat and politician George Walden discuss the link between dining and diplomacy.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The economic and social woes of Europe are exacerbating the drugs problem, according to the chairman of the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug addiction, the Portuguese drugs tsar, Joao Goulao. He explains the extent of the problem.

The science of biomedical engineering, which combines robot technology with the human form, is making rapid advances. Leading cybernetics researcher Professor Kevin Warwick of the University of Reading describes some of the fascinating experiments he has been undertaking.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A new book called The Art Museum, published by Phaidon, tries to make a museum from a book. Amit Sood, founder of the Google Arts Project, Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Phaidon's Amanda Renshaw at Phaidon, debate if you can get the same experience from a book as from a museum.

Bailiffs have begun trying to evict travellers and their supporters from the Dale Farm site in Essex. The BBC's Stephen Chittenden reports on how protesters have clashed with police and Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, says they have the support of the majority of local residents.

It is the first PMQs since the scandal that let to the resignation of Liam Fox emerged. Observer columnist Andrew Rawnsley and Anthony Seldon, biographer of Major, Blair and Brown, discuss whether any of the recommendations made in the report will make any difference to the way Whitehall works.


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