The audit of regional policy: 1934‐1939
Scott, P. (2000) The audit of regional policy: 1934‐1939. Regional Studies, 34 (1). pp. 55-65. ISSN 1360-0591
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This paper examines the cost-effectiveness of British regional policy during the 1930s. It takes issue with Correlli Barnett, who has argued that regional policy measures introduced from 1945 were already shown to be inefficient by the failure of similar assistance during the 1930s. The evolution of the main 1930s initiatives that influenced post-war policy is discussed and their effectiveness assessed. When account is taken of savings in government welfare payments these initiatives are shown to have been very cost-effective, producing an annual return to the exchequer of around 56%, or more.