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 MiB303
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB248
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB475
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB252
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB285
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB286
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB225
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB273
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB233
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB345
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB327
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB160
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB174
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB180
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB187
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB350
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB181
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB586
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB160
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB464
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB851
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB244
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB160
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB141
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB312
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB168
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB156
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB160
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB164
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB161