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Business news with Simon Jack:
- Companies are taking longer to meet their pension shortfalls, despite diverting more cash into their schemes. Raj Mody, head of pensions at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), examines.
- A report has discovered that 75% of the low-paid workforce in 2002 are still low-paid today. Alex Hurrell, co-author of the report and senior analyst at the Resolution Foundation, discusses.
Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to stop Bulgarian and Romanian migrants from claiming out-of-work benefits during their first three months in the UK. UKIP leader Nigel Farage joins the Today programme’s John Humphrys.
The Scottish Parliament is to hold a debate following the publication of the White Paper, the SNP’s blueprint for independence. Peter Kellner, president of YouGov, speaks to the Today programme’s Mishal Husain.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is under pressure to scrap the “carbon price floor”, a tax system he invented to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions. The BBC’s environment and energy analyst, Roger Harrabin, discovers more.
Business news with Simon Jack. Analysing how the success of fracking means that the US is now a net exporter of cheap coal, with Malcolm Grimston from the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology at Imperial College London.
An appeal court will hear today whether the Royal Marine convicted of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent should be named. Caroline Wyatt, the BBC's defence correspondent, reports.
The paper review.
Thought for the Day, with Dr Ed Kessler, director of the Woolf Institute.
More details are emerging about the women alleged to have been held as slaves for 30 years in a Marxist sect in London. Malaysian Senator Syed Husin Ali speaks to the BBC's Jennifer Pak.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said that all NHS hospitals and clinics should become complete no smoking areas. Prof Mike Kelly, director at NICE, speaks to the Today programme’s John Humphrys.
Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to stop Bulgarian and Romanian migrants from claiming out-of-work benefits during their first three months in the UK. Laszlo Andor, European commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion, discusses.
Following the announcement of Monty Python’s reunion, tickets for their first live show in over 30 years sold out in just 43.5 seconds. Monty Python members John Cleese and Michael Palin speak to the Today programme’s Mishal Husain.
The Scottish Parliament is to hold a debate following the publication of the White Paper, the SNP’s blueprint for independence. The BBC’s chief economics correspondent, Hugh Pym, reports.
Business news with Simon Jack. Examining why a 3D printing revolution is causing problems for the legal profession, with Sarah Burt, an intellectual property partner at Mayer Brown.
French rock star Bertrand Cantat has released a new album, sparking angry debate about his reappearance on the public scene, having been convicted of murder in 2003. The BBC’s Hugh Schofield reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have agreed to enter a coalition with the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), officials say. The BBC’s Berlin correspondent, Steve Evans, finds out more.
A neurologist in the US, Prof James Fallon, discovered his brain had the traits of psychopathy when he studied his own brain scans. Mr Fallon speaks to the Today programme’s Mishal Husain.