• David Dimbleby returns tonight to chair Question Time from Brighton.

    The programme transmits at 10.45pm on BBC One and sees the following pannelists debate questions posed by the audience: Labour's Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman MP; Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP; Conservative MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg; TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp and comedian, Steve Coogan.

    Question Time will be available after transmission on iPlayer. Follow us on Twitter @bbcquestiontime

     

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  • In a discussion about cuts in disability benefits on BBC Three's Free Speech this evening, Liberal Democrat MP for Manchester Withington claimed the government had incorrectly projected its message.

    Leech, who is the Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesman, said, "There's an awful lot of misinformation that goes on. Understandably people with disabilities are very concerned about the prospect of being reassessed; a number of these people have never been reassessed for 20, 30 years in some cases. And so people are anxious about it."

    He went on to say, "Unfortunately, the way it's been projected by the government, 'We're going to save 20% on DLA budget', means that people say they're cutting benefits. When actually what we will end up seeing is people will be reassessed but reassessed and realise that they are in need of this benefit and it won't save money."

    Tonight's Free Speech was a debt special and came live from Manchester. The panel for tonight's Free Speech chaired by Jake Humphrey included: stand-up comedian and campaigner for rights for the disabled Francesca Martinez; the Liberal Democrat MP for Manchester Withington John Leech; Ben Howlett, the National Chairman of Conservative Future, and investigative journalist and co-author of Jilted Generation: How Britain Bankrupted Its Youth, Shiv Malik.

    Free Speech is on BBC Three every month and available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

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  • More than a third of young people are more financially dependent on their parents than they expected to be, a poll for the BBC Three's Free Speech has found.

    Asked: "Are you more or less dependent on financial support from your parents than expected to be at your age?", 35% said they are more dependent than expected. Just under a third (31%) say they are less dependent than expected; 32% say they are about the same as they had expected.

    Almost 40% of young people who owe money admit they are worried about their current level of debt.

    Asked "How worried, if at all, are you about your current level of debt?", 10% of those currently in debt say they are very worried; 29% are fairly worried; 36% not very worried and 25% not at all worried.

    The poll of 500 16-25 year olds was conducted by ComRes, who spoke to people by telephone between July 2nd and 12th, 2012. Respondents were sampled and weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 16-25.

    The poll was conducted after Prime Minister David Cameron's Welfare Speech when he said: "There is a growing phenomenon of young people living with their parents into their 30s because they can't afford their own place - almost 3 million between the ages of 20 and 34.

    "So for literally millions, the passage to independence is several years living in their childhood bedroom as they save up to move out."

    The full results of the BBC poll will be reported in Free Speech, produced by Mentorn Media and presented by Jake Humphrey, on BBC Three on Tuesday, September 11th, at 8pm. The programme will be broadcast live from Manchester with a studio audience of 120 young people and a panel of guests.

    Asking people in debt: "Excluding any mortgage debt that you may have, how long do you expect it will be before you pay this off completely?", 23% say more than 15 years; 16% say 10-15 years; 12% say 5-10 years; 8% say 3-5 years; 14% say 1-3 years; 17% say it will take up to a year.

    On average, young people expect that it will take 8.5 years to completely pay off their current levels of debt. Those who have a university and higher level of education expect it will take longer to clear their debts; an average of 11.4 years.

    Follow the debate on @BBCFreeSpeech #FreeSpeech

    Notes to Editors

    ComRes surveyed 500 16-25-year-olds in Great Britain by telephone between 2nd and 12th July 2012. Data were sampled and weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 16 to 25. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Full data tables can be found at comres.co.uk

    BBC Three's Free Speech is a co-commission from BBC Three, BBC Learning and BBC News and Current Affairs.

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