A rundown of stories from Thursday 28 February including programme highlights and comment
Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
In today's programme
New European rules to cap bonus payments to bankers have been agreed - despite opposition from Britain. More than 40% of us will face an increase in council tax this year. And we speak to the award-winning novelist William Boyd, whose first play opens this week.
A new book, Cancel The Apocalypse, explains that have all got too tied into a senseless and relentless pursuit of economic growth and actually would be happier if we chose to work a shorter working week and made other major changes to the way we run our economy. Andrew Simms, fellow of the New Economics Foundation and author of the book, and Frances Cairncross, rector of Exeter College, Oxford, discuss whether we should work fewer hour in the week.
0848The acting chief executive of an NHS trust has "stepped aside" while an investigation is carried out into whether high mortality rates were covered up by staff at the Royal Bolton Hospital in Greater Manchester. Dr Jackie Bene, stood down after it was found an unusually high number of patients had been "coded" as dying from septicaemia in 2011. Our health correspondent Dominic Hughes reports.
0845Bankers in the European Union could, for the first time, face a legal cap on bonuses from next year following an agreement reached in Brussels. Our business correspondent Simon Jack speaks to Alexandra Beidas - employee incentives lawyer at Linklaters.
President Obama is warning that Congress is about to put America's economic recovery in danger by allowing $85bn worth of automatic cuts to federal spending to go ahead. The BBC's North America Editor Mark Mardell reports from Virginia, one of the areas which will be worst affected by the cuts.