Three factors determined the attitude to the unemployment problem in the thirties. First was the belief that it was insoluble. Second was the belief that, although the insolubility of the problem necessitated the distribution of unemployment relief, disbursement of that relief must be so contrived that abuses of the system by the unemployed should be reduced to a minimum. Third was the circumstance that mass unemployment was largely confined to specific areas, of which the inhabitants of the rest of the country remained (and preferred to remain) ignorant.