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School dinner portion sizes and a shortage of fire fighters

Duration:
55 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 14 May 2012

Nine-year-old Martha Payne talks about how she's shaking up the world of school dinners by putting photographs of what she's given for lunch on the internet. She goes by the pseudonym "Veg" - and she wants more veg on her plate.

Also - outside cities, when you see a fire engine, it's probably being operated by part-time on call fire fighters who are also holding down other jobs. But it's proving more difficult to recruit people who are willing to commit to dropping everything at a moment's notice to rush to the rescue. Are economic pressures making employers more reluctant to release staff when the fire bell rings?

And as a government consultation on protecting children from internet pornography gets underway, whose responsibility should it be to restrict access to pornography to children? Internet service providers or parents?

Presented by Julian Worricker
Produced by Paul Waters.

Chapters

7 items
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  • The Ministry of Justice's missing billions

    An estimated £2 billion in fines has not been collected by the Ministry of Justice - yet it's cutting legal aid and closing court buildings to save money.

  • School dinners

    A 9-year-old girl is shaking up the world of school dinners by posting pictures of what she is given for her lunch. Do you think it's sufficient or nutritious?

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  • Retained fire fighters Part 2

    We discuss the shortage of part-time on call fire fighters - officially known as retained duty - and ask who's to blame and what should change.

  • Martha Payne's school dinner

    Martha Payne's school dinner

    A picture taken by 9 year-old Martha Payne (aka 'VEG') of her school dinner.

    From her Tuesday 8 May blogpost.

    More pictures on her blog.

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