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 MiB458
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB428
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB685
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB344
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB419
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB391
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB307
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB407
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB308
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB510
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB513
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB232
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB242
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB257
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB254
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB528
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB271
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB943
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB225
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB642
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB1266
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB354
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB238
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB211
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB556
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB241
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB213
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB222
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB218
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB244