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 BCFM Drivetime 
 Economy Minister Giovanni Tria said on Wednesday Italy’s 2019 budget would include a basic income for the poor
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First hour: news review with LibDem leader and councillor for Cotham, Anthony Negus: Plans to make Bristol City Council 'more business-like'. The authority is looking to become more “commercially minded” Council tzars are looking at ideas to make public services in Bristol function more like a business. Stripping back bureaucracy and finding new ways for Bristol City Council to make money are top of the agenda as the authority looks to become more “commercially minded”. It comes as the authority weathers its eighth year of central government cuts, which has seen councils across the country lose up to half their budgets. The squeeze has meant a big reduction in spending - and has put senior managers on the hunt for ways other than raising council tax to balance the books. Piecemeal ideas, such as putting advertising in Bristol parks , will be brought under one banner with the help of Penny Fell, who as of August is the council’s new director of commercialisation. The Severn Estuary in Britain has the second highest tidal range in the world and tidal power in the Severn could produce a total of about 7% of the country's energy needs. The lecture will consider the viability of tidal stream and tidal range. The most successful tidal range scheme currently operating is the La Rance scheme in Brittany, France, which has operated for 50 years and now produces the cheapest electricity in Europe. Experience from that will be described. Tidal range schemes in the Severn Estuary can be either barrages or lagoons and the main schemes will be identified. These will include the pathfinder Swansea Bay lagoon and an updated Severn barrage. Each scheme would have different impacts on the environment and most would involve the Habitats and Birds Directives. In recent years, turbine development has meant there would be less change in basin water level and hence less impact on the environment. BBC World Service, The Compass, After the Crash 2/5: Austerity and Consequences, Did Governments’ handling of the 2008 financial crisis – when some chose to implement austerity and some didn’t - make things better or worse? Ian Goldin, professor of Globalisation and Development at Oxford University, visits Illinois in the US to find out how people were affected by the collapse in the housing market. He also talks to Christine Lagarde – the head of the International Monetary Fund – about how austerity measures were implemented in Europe. And Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former Minister of Finance in Nigeria, talks about how the crisis was felt in Africa. Presenter: Ian Goldin. Producer: Ben Carter. MPs laugh at Theresa May's claim that 'austerity is ending' during PMQs clash with Corbyn. Theresa May's claim that "austerity is ending" was met with laughter by MPs as the prime minister clashed with Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Ministers Questions. Condemning what he called a "broken promise Budget", the Labour leader demanded to know why the government had not pledged to end the benefit freeze. That prompted confusion over Labour's own policy on the issue after a spokesman for Mr Corbyn said the party would not necessarily raise benefits in line with inflation, despite John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, having said it would. Support grows for girl, 9, who begged homeless charity for job. A homeless charity has raised over £22,000 after speaking out about a 9-year-old who begged them for work to buy Christmas presents to her siblings. Metro.co.uk reported yesterday about the little girl who told CEO of Humanity Torbay Ellie Waugh that she needed a job because her mother had died and her father had no money. The charity, which operates food bank and offers support for the vulnerable has managed to raise more than £22,800, after Ellie decided to hit out at Universal Credit and ‘tell the truth’ about how many people are being forced to sleep rough. Italy says budget will include basic income, lower retirement. ROME (Reuters) - Economy Minister Giovanni Tria said on Wednesday Italy’s 2019 budget would include a basic income for the poor and allow people to retire earlier, meeting demands from the ruling coalition parties. Tria told a retail association conference the so-called “citizens’ income” would help manage the social consequences of technological change, and said allowing people to retire earlier would give firms a younger, more skilled workforce. The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which governs with the right-wing League, threatened on Tuesday not to vote for the budget unless it included the citizens’ income and a lower retirement age, along with other policies. Why the £2 'flat fare' on Bristol's buses might cost you £2.07 A raft of changes to the bus fares across Bristol come into force on Sunday, with Monday the first day when commuters and school children experience the new fare set-up. The price of a single ticket is being unified to what First Bus and Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said was a ‘flat fare’ no matter how far you travel in Bristol on the bus. Before the change on Monday, people were paying £1.50 for every single journey under three miles on the First Bus phone app, or £2.50 for every single journey over three miles. 'Labour' Mayor Marvin Rees state of the city address 2018 on transport No administration for years, has taken transport seriously. There have been efforts to improve cycling and walking but it remains difficult to travel from A to B. Communities in areas such as Hartcliffe, Avonmouth and Hillfields remain disconnected. Congestion adversely impacts on the city‘s economy and air quality. We will not repeat the errors of recent years in pretending that cars will disappear if we make life difficult for car drivers, nor will we ignore the economic impact when we do transport planning. But we will have an impact on congestion and on people movement by presenting real choice. We must generate mass transit options that are better, cheaper and easier than car travel. Thanks to the efforts of my cabinet lead , Mhairi Threlfall, we have our Bristol Transport Strategy out to consultation, outlining our vision to 2036. We have seen the order of the biggest single biogas bus order in the UK, and we are leading the way on smart ticketing and contactless payments. 7 out of 10 passengers now board the bus using these payment methods. The key outcomes of the Congestion Task Group are being implemented, including the creation of a Transport Board that will bring together key city transport partners, to work more closely with the city council for future planning. But most importantly, we have a flightpath for a phased growth of public transport. The first strand of that growth will be looking at a new deal for bus use. I can announce tonight that we are in the process of working towards a Heads of an Agreement that sets out a joint relationship based on long term and sustained public and private investment in the bus system. Working with our partners in the West of England, the aim of the agreement will be to double bus usage to 20% of all journeys through: Bristol congestion charge will 'hit the poorest the hardest' The Conservative group say council claims about the benefits of the charge are ‘inaccurate and disingenuous’ Any potential congestion charge or parking levy will "hit the poorest people in Bristol the hardest", the Conservatives claim. Leader of the Bristol Tory group, Mark Weston, says any move to charge drivers to enter the city would “unfairly tax” low income families and previously making driving a luxury of the well off. His comments come after Bristol City Council launched its transport strategy consultation on Monday (September 24). The document lays out the city’s transport aims over the next 20 years and looks at how it may fund new projects. High on the list is Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees' ambitious hope of building an underground metro-rail network for the city.  Work-related stress jumps by a quarter to reach ‘epidemic’ levels Experts criticise ‘half-hearted’ attempts to tackle a crisis caused by workload and management style - Nearly 85 per cent of charity workers are looking for a new job - Survey: Majority Of Workers Comfortable Looking For New Job While Employed. Health Secretary orders probe into autistic youngsters locked in NHS 'hell holes' across the UK... as mother reveals her son is 'so drugged he can hardly move' in care unit. Matt Hancock has ordered an urgent investigation into children being locked up. Children as young as 13 are said to be being incarcerated for years in NHS units. Barbaric treatment includes patients being kept in isolation in padded cells. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has ordered an urgent investigation into why youngsters are being locked up like criminals because they have autism or learning difficulties, just days after The Mail on Sunday revealed their appalling plight. Mr Hancock was ‘deeply shocked’ by this newspaper’s account last week of children as young as 13 being incarcerated, sometimes for years, in NHS-funded assessment and treatment units, known as ATUs. Our exposé, based on numerous detailed interviews with distraught individuals and families, found evidence of routine abuse of children and young people kept in the secretive facilities. On Saturday 10 November Veterans For Peace (VFP) UK will host a public conference at Friends House, Euston. In the morning there will be a presentation from German veterans Florian Pfaff and Jurgen Rose. In the afternoon there will be a presentation from US veterans Barry Ladendorf and Dennis Stourt on their experiences during the Vietnam War. On Sunday 11 November VFP UK and veterans from around the world will walk to The Cenotaph in Whitehall under the banner Never Again to carry out a solemn ceremony of remembrance. Veterans For Peace UK is a politically independent ex-services organisation of men and women who have served in conflicts from WW2 through to Afghanistan. As a result of our collective experience we firmly believe that “War is not the solution to the problems we face in the 21st Century”. Our annual gathering attracts veterans from around the world who are committed to serving the cause of world peace.

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