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Today: Tuesday 17th January

Government plans to change Disability Living Allowance are to be challenged in the House of Lords. The head of Britain's biggest union says Ed Miliband has undermined his position as Labour leader by going too far in supporting coalition cuts. And also on today's programme, can you ever have fun with Nazis?

Business news with Simon Jack on news that the the ratings agency Standards & Poor has downgraded the EU bailout fund.

According to campaign group Human Rights Watch, the Department for International Development is indirectly funding the forced relocation of farmers in Ethiopia. The Today programme's Mike Thomson reports.

A coalition of major charities is calling on the government to pause the Welfare Reform Bill and carefully consider its reform of Disability Living Allowance. Neil Coyle, director of policy and campaigns at Disability Rights UK, outlines his concerns.

The ratings agency Standard & Poor's, which downgraded nine eurozone economies last week, has now also formally removed its triple-A rating from the eurozone's bailout fund. Business editor Robert Peston explains the significance of the move.

The leader of Britain's biggest union, Unite, has said shadow chancellor Ed Balls' announcement that Labour accepts the government's public sector wage freeze puts the party into conflict with millions of poorly paid public sector workers. Mehdi Hasan, the New Statesman's senior editor, reflects on the politics of Labour spending policy.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Ofsted, the schools inspectorate in England, is going to remove the "satisfactory" classification for schools because it says it can allow weak schools to continue to coast along. Instead it is proposing that schools should be labelled as "requiring improvement" if that is' what the inspectors think. Ofsted's head Sir Michael Wilshaw explains the reasons behind the move.

In the race to become Republican candidate for the White House, Newt Gingrich has been running personal attack adverts against his political rival, Mitt Romney, which takes a swipe at the French.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

In the aftermath of the revolution in Libya, how is reconciliation brought about while there are still concerns over the treatment of imprisoned Gaddafi loyalists? Mark Lowen reports from Tripoli.

The paper review.

What happens psychologically when people are faced with a disaster like the sinking Costa Concordia cruise ship? Professor Ed Galea, director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group at the University of Greenwich, and Dr John Drury, a specialist in crowd psychology at the University of Sussex, discuss how people behave during emergencies.

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, who is an ordained Buddhist.

The Supreme Court will today begin hearing a test case on age discrimination which centres on the case of Leslie Seldon, a solicitor who was forced to retire at 65 because his partnership agreement stated that partners should retire at that age. Clive Howard, employment lawyer at Russell Jones and Walker, and Adam Marshall, director of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, examine the current state of employment law.

Len McCluskey, the leader of Britain's biggest union Unite, has accused Ed Miliband of undermining his own leadership and disenfranchising the Labour Party's core supporters. His criticism, made in The Guardian, follows shadow chancellor Ed Balls' decision to accept the public sector pay freeze. The BBC's Nick Robinson comments.

The Bafta nominations have just been announced with the silent film, The Artist, picking up a total of 12 nominations and British spy film based on the novel of John Le Carre's novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy picking up 11.

The government's Welfare Reform Bill faces pressure as it comes before the House of Lords, where peers will debate the replacement of the Disability Living Allowance with the Personal Independence Payment. Home Affair editor Mark Easton gives his analysis of the proposed system. And the minister for Disabled People Maria Miller and Lord Colin Low, president of the Disability Alliance, debate the working of, and thinking behind, the bill.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The leader of Britain's biggest union Unite has criticised Labour leader Ed Miliband for supporting a cap on public sector pay. Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman defends her party's policies.

The actions of the captain of the sunken Costa Concordia cruise ship are still under scrutiny, with some reports suggesting he abandoned his vessel as passengers were still being rescued, breaking a golden nautical rule. Lord West, former First Sea Lord, who was forced to abandon his ship during the Falklands War, explains the etiquette behind a ship's captain leaving his vessel.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is celebrating his 70th birthday. Sports editor David Bond reflects on the highlights of The Greatest's career.

Business news with Simon Jack. Anders Dahlvig, former chief executive of Ikea, explains the philosophy of the Scandanavian company.

George Osborne has said the UK will partner with Hong Kong to develop the City of London as a major offshore centre of trade in China's currency, the yuan. Linda Yueh, Bloomberg economics correspondent and economics fellow at the University of Oxford, analyses the possible effects of the proposed move.

A recent poll suggests that 43% of English voters want an independent Scotland, while only 32% are in favour of continuing the existing union between the two countries. Chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph, Peter Oborne, and the writer Neal Ascherson debate the nature of national identity.



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