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Barnett formula and council funding: Merrick Cockell

English councils are losing out to authorities in the UK's three smaller nations, because of the Barnett formula which was a "temporary measure" set up ahead of the 1979 devolution votes, the Local Government Association has said.

Chairman Sir Merrick Cockell said the UK was in a "different world now" and funding for councils needs to be reviewed after the next general election.

He told Andrew Neil on BBC2's Daily Politics: "We are not trying to take money from Scotland or Northern Ireland or Wales - we are trying to say there should be equity."

The Barnett formula, used to divide central government funds, was named after former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Lord Barnett.

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  • 21 Nov 2013
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