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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

    'If it reassures people, then it is a perfectly reasonable measure to take'

    'If it reassures people, then it is a perfectly reasonable measure to take'

    James Daunt is the Managing Director of Waterstones bookstores in the UK and CEO of US bookshop chain Barnes and Noble. He told Nick Robinson that he felt asking customers to wear a face covering was a "reasonable measure" to help boost confidence amongst shoppers. He went on to say that staff working across his chain of stores would not be asked to "police" the wearing of coverings: "There will be a tiny, tiny minority of people who will be confrontational over it and it is not the position of shop workers to enter into that situation". With Linda Bauld, Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh.

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    • 11 min
    Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    Monday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    Many parts of the UK economy are returning to life - but what about those businesses who still have no opening date?

    (Image: the city of London financial district and the river Thames are seen in early morning. Credit: Reuters)

    • 11 min
    'We have said face coverings in closed spaces is advised but people can use their own discretion'

    'We have said face coverings in closed spaces is advised but people can use their own discretion'

    The minister for Culture and Digital, Caroline Dinenage, told Mishal Husain the decision on whether to make face masks mandatory in shops would be kept under review following the Scottish Government's new guidance for the retail sector. She went on to say "We have said face coverings in closed spaces is advised but people can use their own discretion - but of course we will keep this under review. This is a topic upon which scientists tend to have rather different views so we are looking at it as new scientific studies emerge." The minister was speaking ahead of the reopening of tattooists, tanning and beauty salons. Facial treatments such as eyebrow threading are still not allowed. Mishal also heard from Vanita Parti, founder and chief executive of the Blink Brow Bar walk-in beauty bar chain.

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    • 10 min
    Friday's business with Rob Young

    Friday's business with Rob Young

    Beauty salons, spas and nail bars will be able to open their doors again in England from Monday

    (Image: a client having her nails done at a nail salon in Belfast. Credit: Press Association)

    • 11 min
    'It’s something that makes me quite angry in a sense, that the NHS is failing women in this way’

    'It’s something that makes me quite angry in a sense, that the NHS is failing women in this way’

    Delays in late abortion services were identified as an issue in 2015. But Charlotte Hayward has found that some women are still unable to get the medical abortions they need. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service says they are having to turn more and more women away because there are not enough trained doctors or hospital facilities, including for those at risk of hemorrhage or with conditions like epilepsy.

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    • 6 min
    ‘We can't sustainably have a system where Government subsidises jobs’

    ‘We can't sustainably have a system where Government subsidises jobs’

    The Chancellor Rishi Sunak spoke to Martha Kearney the day after his summer statement and defended his decision to end the furlough scheme for all sectors by October. "Fundamentally we have to get our economy back to normal: we can't sustainably have a system where Government subsidise jobs and the only way that those jobs exist.” He went on to say this would be "not fair either to the taxpayer but also to those people who are then trapped in a job which only exists because of that subsidy.”

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    • 18 min

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