The Community Development Projects were set up by the Home Office in 1969 as Britain’s first ‘War on Poverty’ and action research project. The first four areas, Hillfields (Coventry), Southwark (South London), Upper Afan (Glamorgan) and Liverpool, started in 1970. The next four projects, Benwell (Newcastle), Newham (East London), Batley (West Yorkshire), Cleator Moor (Cumbria)were established in 1971-72, with  the final four projects Paisley (Scotland), Saltley (Birmingham), North Shields (North Tyneside), Oldham (Lancashire) the following year.

By the time the project was closed in 1978 the twelve area teams had come together to set up an Intelligence and Information Unit and were committed to publishing their data. Kathy Henderson designed the more journalistic presentation style of the publications which ensured a wider readership of the academic studies.

Below are PDFs of some of the reports and photographs taken for the reports. Hard copies may be obtained from Judith Green: 85-87 Adelaide Terrace Newcastle-upon Tyne England NE4 8BB   Better quality PDFs, especially for the images, are available from Sue Hyatt’s project.

Aims Of Industry51.8 MiB321
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB264
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB499
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB270
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB303
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB301
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB238
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB299
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB243
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB369
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB347
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB173
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB188
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB196
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB201
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB373
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB195
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB615
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB179
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB491
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB910
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB262
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB171
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB153
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB338
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB178
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB170
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB172
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB175
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB172