What is the Barnett formula?

Lord Barnett in 1976.

  • The Barnett formula is the agreed method used to distribute money raised by taxation to different countries within the United Kingdom.
  • It has been used to distribute British wealth across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for 35 years and was conceived by Joel Barnett, now Lord Barnett, a Labour peer.
  • The amount granted under the Barnett formula is decided by which powers have been devolved to that country and its population.
  • Northern Ireland is biggest winner in terms of amount granted per citizen, then Scotland, followed by England and Wales.
  • Average spend per head is; Northern Ireland £10.9k , Scotland £10.1k, Wales £9.8k and England £8.5k.
  • Some politicians have called for the formula to be scrapped and allocate tax revenue according to the biggest need.
  • This originally began in the 1880s with the "Goschen Proportion" when the then Chancellor, Viscount Goschen was trying to buy off home rule in Ireland and Scotland.
  • The Barnett formula was meant to even out spending through a careful squeeze.
  • Mancunian Lord Barnett has gone on the record to say he feels to formula is outdated.

Energy firms 'among worst offenders' for customer service

The "Big Six" energy firms were some of the worst offenders for poor customer service last year, according to a survey of household brands from a consumer watchdog.

Which? found all of the Big Six firms - British Gas, EDF Energy, E.On, npower, ScottishPower and SSE - sunk to the bottom fifth of the table.

Npower came in last, customer score of just 57 percent and Scottish Power slunk in to second from last with 58 percent.

First Direct topped the list, with 87 percent of its customer base satisfied with their service, followed by Lush, John Lewis, Lakeland and Waitrose.

Are you divided in your opinion?

The Yes and No campaign groups

As the Scottish referendum on independence grows closer, we've been looking at the impact the vote will have on Scottish border towns. We'd love to hear from you if your family has been divided down the middle by the big Yes/No decision.

Get in touch before 7pm on Wednesday 17 September, via Twitter, Facebook or by emailing gmb@itv.com and we may want to film with you. You must be 18 and over, terms at itv.com/terms.

The Brits are in demand during Fashion Month

Fashion Month is now well underway with celebrities flocking to both New york and London over the last two weeks to take a look at the styles of the season, with Paris and Milan still to come!

Victoria Beckham and Charlotte Ronson have already shown they can cut it in the States, Katy Fawcett went behind the scenes in New York with Matthew Curtis, a hairdresser from Warwickshire, who explains why the best of British are in high demand.

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Almost a third of us have noisy neighbours

A survey has revealed that almost a third of people have had a problem with a nuisance neighbour in the past year.

The figures from Which? show that residents most complained about:

  • Voices and arguing (41%)
  • Loud music and noisy TVs (29%)
  • Doors slamming (27%)
  • People stomping around (23%)
  • Noise from pets (21%)

The organisation is launching a free guide to help people deal with a nuisance neighbour, offering advice such as keeping an incident diary, and resolving issues face to face.

We find out how to solve not-so-neighbourly problems with Dominic Littlewood.

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The end of a weather rut?

Laura Tobin tells us what to expect over the next 24 hours from the weather and although there may be the odd shower, we can expect some warmth to come our way!

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Plus, take care because some fog is on its way...