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February 9, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;104(6):486-490. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760060054019

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Jan. 12, 1935.

The State Assistance of the Unemployed  Following the war the unprecedented unemployment led to equally unprecedented government expenditure for its relief, and controversy arose as to the amount of food necessary for the maintenance of health and its cost. The question was at first scientific but it quickly became political, for, whatever was given, the labor party demanded more. In the house of commons, Mr. Oliver Stanley introduced for the government a draft of unemployment assistance regulations. He said that the scales proposed were the result of a careful survey by the Unemployment Assistance Board of the primary needs of the people for whom the board was responsible. There were great differences in the results arrived at by different social surveys. In the spring of 1934 a hotly contested debate took place in the house of commons as to whether the allowance

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