Today, 07/02/2013 Live

7 Feb 2013 Last updated at 14:28

Thursday 7 February

The government have abandoned plans to replace GCSEs with a new qualification. Europe's leaders will meet again today to try to agree the EU's long-term budget. And dining Al Desco – 54% of Britons work through their breaks and eat lunch at their desks, according to a BBC Breakfast poll.
  • 7 Feb 2013 08:54:58


    In our report on mid Stafford hospital yesterday Robert Francis blamed the culture of the NHS. In the banking scandals that have been so prevalent, the culture of the banking sector has been seen as a culprit. How do you go about changing culture in an organisation? We ask Sir John Stevens, head of the Metropolitan Police Service, and Graham Clark, of the Cranfield School of Management.

  • 7 Feb 2013 13:13:51


    The City of London may get a bashing for its financial wrong-doing, but not for its Philanthropy, or hefty donations to good causes. Awards held in London last night celebrated outstanding philanthropic achievement, and for the first time, a new category celebrating City philanthropy was included. We speak to Alderman Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London.

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  • 7 Feb 2013 08:48:33


    Probation inspectors say that schools and social services in England and Wales are ignoring warning signs in children who then later go on to abuse other youngsters. The Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales Liz Calderbank speaks to Sarah Montague.

  • 7 Feb 2013 08:38:40


    A Saudi prince who has been serving a life sentence in Britain for the murder of his servant at a hotel in London is being sent back to Saudi Arabia to serve the rest of his sentence there. Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir was jailed in 2010 for killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz after sujecting him to a "sadistic" campaign of violence and sexual abuse. We speak to Madawi Al -rasheed - an expert in Saudi life at King's College London.

  • 7 Feb 2013 08:30:40


    From April families deemed to have too much living space by councils will receive a reduced benefit payment. Home affairs editor Mark Easton and Steve Webb, Pensions Minister, examine the issue of the so called "bedroom tax".

    Stuart Macdonald
    Pensions minister Steve Webb on @BBCr4today on #bedroomtax: '100k people affected are in work - they cld work a bit more to raise the money'
    stephanie cole
    Minster on @BBCr4today not living in reality - people working can just get a few extra hours to pay shortfall. From where?
    Cllr John Youles
    @BBCr4today @BBCMarkEaston There would be no shortage of homes if properties left empty for years were to be taken over..
    Katharine S-J
    Good piece on #bedroomtax on #r4today. Will have massive impact esp on those who need spare room & in areas where few smaller properties.
  • 7 Feb 2013 08:24:33


    A BBC Breakfast poll suggests that 54% of workers in the UK are used to working through lunch. Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times management columnist, Lindsey Bareham, food writer, discuss dining "al-desco".

    LISTEN to the discussion:
    Tim Pinder
    @EvanHD @BBCr4today We have a no eating at your desk policy- gets people into staff bistro mixing & importantly getting a break.
    Sarah Matthews
    @BBCr4today People eat at their desks as only large organisations have canteens/staff rooms. Majority of businesses are SMEs #lunch
    Laura MOMables
    Office lunch: southern chicken salad, sprouted beans, raspberries and veggies with creole dip. #lunchrevolution @momables #officelunch
    Judy Mansfield
    @BBCr4today Ref lunch at desk - when I worked in France, my boss horrified by sandwich at desk. Said was sloppy habit and bad for health.
    Libby Spencer
    @BBCr4today my work colleague cooks eggs in the microwave...imagine the smell, over cooked warm eggs...
  • 7 Feb 2013 08:11:32


    The Royal Academy of Engineering has been looking at how much of a threat a solar storm could be and is trying to draw up a balanced account of its dangers. We speak to Prof Paul Cannon, who has chaired the working group there, on extreme solar weather.

    John Pittom
    @BBCNews We can't handle, snow, rain or too much hot weather so I really doubt we'd be able to handle anything like a super solar storm!!
    Public Benjamin
    Just finalising my plan for a solar storm. Going to stay in for a couple of days. Think I can get round the house without GPS.
    A solar "superstorm" could knock out Earth's communications satellites, cause dangerous power surges in the national grid and disrupt crucial navigation aids and aircraft avionics, a major report has found. It is inevitable that an extreme solar storm – caused by the Sun ejecting billions of tonnes of highly-energetic matter travelling at a million miles an hour – will hit the Earth at some time in the near future, but it is impossible to predict more than about 30 minutes before it actually happens, a team of engineers has warned.Solar superstorms are estimated to occur once every 100 or 200 years, with the last one hitting the Earth in 1859.
  • 7 Feb 2013 07:51:27


    Plans to scrap GCSEs in key subjects in England and replace them with an English Baccalaureate Certificate are set to be scrapped by ministers. Nick Gibb, former schools minister, explains the reasons for the reversal of plans.

    LISTEN to the interview:
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Ofqual will now be rigorous in ensuring we don't have #GCSE grade inflation says Nick Gibb MP #r4today
    Evan Davis
    Evan Davis @EvanHD tweeted:
    We are getting our heads around the Gove u-turn this morning. Mr Gove is not coming in to explain them. #r4today
    sarah beerbohm
    @BBCr4today No good having tougher exams without better teacher training, smaller classes, changes all round
    Miranda Shirnia
    Angry this morning. While Gove and Teacher's Unions squabble over GCSEs and Ebaccs 2 of my children are in the middle of it @BBCr4today
  • 7 Feb 2013 07:45:15


    The Prime Minister has said medical regulators must now explain why no one has been disciplined after the Francis Inquiry detailed years of abuses at two Stafford Hospitals. The chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery council, Jackie Smith, and chief executive of the General Medical Council, Niall Dickson, discuss the accountability of doctors.

    Janet Snell
    Jackie Smith tells #r4today NMC hearings to take place for 10 Mid Staffs nurses accused of poor care One is suspended from register#francis
    Bob Hudson
    Bob Hudson @SAFCBOB tweeted:
    Niall Dixon not much better. Says doctors already have duty to report bad practice but admits they ignored it at Mid-Staffs @BBCr4today
    Shyama Perera
    Forty one nurses being investigated re mid-Staffs, but what about doctors and managers? Culture is top down. So shameful. #r4today #NHS
  • 7 Feb 2013 07:53:52

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