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Fri 17 Feb 2017 06:00

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New analysis by Save the Children shows that by 2020, more than 800,000 children are at risk of starting school behind their peers in areas like literacy and numeracy. Kayte Lawton is the head of UK policy at Save the Children.


Enterprises are about to start paying a new set of business rates after the first revaluation in 7 years. 17 trade bodies are among signatories of a letter to Parliament calling for proposals on business rates appeal to be dropped. Katie Prescott is Today’s business reporter and Helen Dickinson is chief executive of the British Retail Consortium.


Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has published a long letter outlining what he considers to be his vision for both Facebook and the world. The BBC’s technology correspondent Dave Lee reports.


Voters in Northern Ireland go to the polls in just under two weeks to choose a new devolved Assembly. Mike Nesbitt is the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.


Much of the recent debate about funding for social care has focused on older people but a third of all social care users are working-aged people with disabilities. Carole Ross is the mother of a severely autistic child and Liz Sayce is chief executive of Disability Rights UK.


The presidential campaign in France is already a heated one. As the established parties of Right and Left are beset by internal problems, Marine le Pen's National Front is reaping the benefit. Today’s Jim Naughtie reports from France's traditional industrial heartland.


The business secretary, Greg Clark, is expected to report back to the government today after holding crunch talks in Paris over the future of thousands of British production jobs. One worry is that Vauxhall will be closed by the Peugeot group who are in the process of taking it over. Vince Cable is the former Business Secretary.


Business rate changes in some parts of England from April are going to cause major charges for some business, both up and down. Ross Smith is director of policy at the North East Chamber of Commerce, David Gauke is chief secretary to the Treasury and Neil Whitman owns a fish and chips shop in St Ives.


President Trump has called a news conference to accuse the mainstream media of showing hatred towards him and describing them as ‘out of control’. Jon Sopel is the BBC’s North America editor.


In France, it’s widely predicted that the Front National will reach the run-off of the Presidential race. What does this mean for the rest of Europe? Bernard Kouchner is former French minister for Foreign and European Affairs.


Tomorrow Joan Neininger will marry Ken Selway at a register office in Gloucestershire. They're both 89 years old have been nicknamed the Lady and the Tramp as they first met five decades ago when he was sleeping on the streets. The BBC’s Jon Kay has been to meet them.


Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, has revealed his concern that the tide is turning against globalisation and that people had been left behind by global growth. Kara Swisher is co-founder of Recode, a technology website and plans to run for mayor of San Francisco in 2023 and Greg Ferenstein is the author of the  Age of Optimists, a comprehensive look at the politics of Silicon Valley.


Is there any point in organisations and businesses trying to up the levels of diversity in their workforce? Is it ever more than just tokenistic? Shaun Bailey is a London Assembly Member and former advisor to David Cameron and Sarah Churchman is head of Diversity and Inclusion at PwC UK.


All subject to change.


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