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Today: Saturday 14th April

At 0709 after the government's proposals to limit tax relief, figures seen by the BBC show only a small number of charities are suspected of questionable activity. At 0810 the Local Government Association is calling for new powers to be given to local authorities to limit a "clustering" of betting shops, fast food outlets and strip clubs on high streets. And at 0845 with the Olympics drawing near, we examine the prospects of athletes cheating.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Figures seen by the BBC show that only a tiny number of charities are suspected of questionable activity. The cap, which has raised the ire of many philanthropists, has been justified by the government in part because of fears that some wealthy donors are giving simply to avoid paying tax. Today's reporter Michael Buchanan investigates just how many dodgy charities are out there.

After the panic buying of petrol, there has been a breakthrough in the tanker drivers' dispute with the Unite union agreeing to put a deal to its members. Unite has been negotiating with six fuel delivery firms at the conciliation service, Acas, to try to settle the dispute over pay and conditions. Correspondent Richard Westcott reports.

The United States, France, Russia, China, Britain and Germany (otherwise known as the P5+1) will begin talks with Iran today in Istanbul in an attempt to solve the impasse over Iran's nuclear programme and prevent a potential war in the region. Darren Ennis, a former adviser to Baroness Ashton, the high representative for foreign affairs, speaks to Evan.

An initiative in magistrates' courts in England and Wales designed to speed up the time it takes cases to get through the system is undermining that principle and it's leading to miscarriages of justice, say lawyers. Adrian Goldberg from the 5 Live Investigates programme explains.

Jim Muir in Beirut gives the latest on Syria. While the ceasefire continues, there have been reports of several deaths.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

With a few weeks' hindsight, just how damaging was the Budget for the government and how did it turn out that way? With the 50p tax rate, pasties, and granny tax, this Budget's brought a string of bad headlines for the coalition. Were they worth it for the measures involved, or was the political fallout not worth it? Tim Montgomerie, editor of the website Conservative Home Page and George Eustace, the Conservative MP and a former press secretary to David Cameron, explore why the Budget is not going away.

Paper review.

It is commonly believed that satisfaction with the main political parties is at an all-time low. However, Independent candidates claim they have been frozen out of the political coverage, and many think it's not worth standing at all. Political correspondent Ben Wright has been listening to their attempts to get noticed.

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


President Obama is at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia today, where there will be talks behind closed doors on the violence driven by the drug trade. Virginia Comolli, author and research analyst at the International Institute of Strategic Studies and Mauricio Rodriguez, Colombia's ambassador to the UK, discuss why the US war on drugs may not be the right war to fight.


The Local Government Association has called for new powers to be given to local authorities to prevent what it calls "clustering" of bookies, fast food outlets and strip clubs on high streets. The Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge reports from Tottenham.

Chancellor George Osborne's proposal to cap tax relief has received intense scrutiny. Economics professor, Sarah Smith from the University of Bristol examined the budget before the media headlines erupted.


The man who famously walked off the stage at the Leeds Piano Competition because he was unhappy with his performance has just won the coveted Recording of the Year from BBC Music Magazine. The extraordinary musician, Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski spoke to Today's James Naughtie after winning the award.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


The Eurozone debt crisis erupt has erupted again as fresh concerns are raised over Spain. Stephen Bell, chief economist at the hedge fund GLC, and former Conservative chancellor Lord Lamont analyse the state of the Spanish economy.

Paper review.

The 1988 Olympic held what is widely believed to be the most corrupt race in history. The London Olympics in 2012 are devoting huge resources to stopping athletes cheating but it is accepted that a few will try. Chris Cooper, biochemist and sports scientist discusses the possibilities.


Pakistan has one of the world's largest populations of street children. Around 1.5 million work and live on the streets. Local charities say children are targeted by criminal gangs and forced into become thieves and sex workers. They also claim police in the city are systematically making money from the exploitation. The BBC's Shoaid Hasan spent a day on the streets of Karachi.


David Cameron has ended his tour of South East Asia. The fast growing region could provide a promising market for British exports. But do we produce the sort of goods these countries want? Former trade minister Lord Digby Jones and former foreign office minister Lord Malloch Brown discuss the links between trade power and diplomacy.



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