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First broadcast:
Monday 23 May 2011

Consumer news with Julian Worricker. What the government is doing to bring the UK's empty houses back into use. More than 300,0000 houses have been empty for more than six months in England alone. We hear from innovative social enterprises about their ideas for putting them back to use and what the Dutch are doing to keep their vacancy rates so low.
The tsunami in Japan continues to cause a global shortage in key components, particularly in the car industry. Factories around the world are closing temporarily as they wait for the supply of parts manufactured in Japan. We discuss instant messaging - is it a useful tool for supporting and informing consumers or is it simply a gimmick?
And we look at the future of the railways - will passengers have a say?


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  • New volcano threat to travel plans

    Will the new volcanic activity in Iceland affect your travel plans? We have the latest.

  • Japanese supply issues

    After the tsunami, manufacturers around the world experience a shortage of Japanese components. We hear what help might be available here, particularly for car production.

  • Empty Homes

    We tour a council estate in London ear-marked for demolition and ask what can be done to create desperately needed new homes. A Dutch architect describes innovative schemes in the Netherlands.

  • WeightWatchers

    The President of Weightwatchers International calls for European governments to work together to tackle obesity.

  • West Coast Rail Franchise

    What's the future for rail travel in the United Kingdom? We look at the competition for the West Coast Mainline franchise.

  • Instant Messaging

    A new tool for supporting consumers or just another way to badger us to buy?

  • Call set up: The High Street

    "Queen of Shops", Mary Portas, has been asked by the government to find ways to breathe new life into Britain's struggling high streets. How would you revitalise your town centre?

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    View of the Silwood Estate

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