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 MiB175
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB154
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB245
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB152
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB168
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB162
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB150
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB157
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB160
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB188
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB195
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB99
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB98
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB102
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB122
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB175
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB102
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB333
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB90
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB286
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB423
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB120
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB89
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB70
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB120
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB92
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB85
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB100
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB98
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB90