Are your children safe in Thailand?

Most of the hundreds of thousands of Brits who visit Thailand every year leave with happy memories.

But the murders of two British tourists this week adds to statistics that reveal a much darker side to the tropical island paradise. We speak to travel expert Simon Calder.

  • In the past year Thailand has seen 362 British deaths including those of natural causes
  • 11 cases of rape and six assaults
  • And this week brings the number of people murdered in the past five years to 13

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. It's the final push for votes as new polls put the Better Together campaign ahead by just four points - both sides gear-up for the last day of campaigning in Scotland

  2. Preparing to arm the rebels, President Obama makes plans to train anti-government forces in Syria, to combat the Islamic State

  3. Hours on hold and no help at all, we reveal the companies with the worst customer service

  4. The mother of missing schoolgirl, Alice Gross, has made a television appeal for her daughter to come home

  5. And should our children be at school from 9 to 5?

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Should children be in school from 9 to 5?

Some headteachers claim extending the school day has improved academic results and boosted students' confidence.

We want to hear your thoughts, do you want your child in school 9 to 5? Longer hours could improve their grades, but would they lose their childhood? Let us know what you think.

Get in touch before 8am on Wednesday 17 September, via Twitter, Facebook or by emailing and we may use your comments on the show. You must be 18 and over, terms

Pentagon suggests troops may join Iraq fight

General Martin Dempsey

Senior members of America's secret service have signalled they would consider sending ground troops to fight Islamic State (IS) if they think it is the right thing to do.

Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee he would recommend sending American forces to join Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers.

“If we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific [IS] targets, I will recommend that to the president."

– General Martin Dempsey

This come despite Obama's emphatic insistence he would not send ground troops to fight jihadi militants.

The final day of campaigning...

Ballot boxes with some of the first Scottish Referendum postal votes at the MacRobert Pavilion at the Royal Highland Centre, in Edinburgh

It's the final day of campaigning for the No and Yes campaign ahead of the vote over Scottish independence.We're live in Edinburgh with Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill and we're talking to Better Together leader Alistair Darling.

Plus the big six energy companies are amongst the worst for poor customer service according to Which?, but what annoys you about customer service?

And back in May we launched the search for Good Morning Britain's Young Hero, the award will be made at Prince Harry's WellChild Awards and the winner has been chosen - Dr Hilary is live in Southport with all the details.

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.