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Reform of the Barnett Formula with Needs Assessment: Can the Challenges be Overcome?

Citation
King D & Eiser D (2016) Reform of the Barnett Formula with Needs Assessment: Can the Challenges be Overcome?, Regional Studies, 50 (5), pp. 790-804.

Abstract
Block grants to the UK's devolved administrations are allocated using the Barnett Formula. There have been calls to replace this formula with one based on spending needs assessment, but two obstacles to doing so have been raised. First, that the devolved administrations would be unable to agree on how needs should be assessed; and second, it is unclear how needs assessment might work for devolved governments that can pursue different spending policies. This paper investigates the first issue by analysing whether the Scottish and English formulae for allocating health and education funding within each country are statistically similar; and the second issue through a hypothetical policy simulation analysis.

StatusPublished
AuthorsKing David, Eiser David
Publication date2016
Publication date online18/08/2014
Date accepted by journal03/06/2014
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN 0034-3404
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Regional Studies: Volume 50, Issue 5 (2016)

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