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 MiB546
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB520
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB769
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB399
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB482
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB442
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB357
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB468
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB362
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB608
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB595
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB257
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB274
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB284
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB282
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB643
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB298
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB1128
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB248
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB724
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB1457
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB408
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB267
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB230
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB795
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB271
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB237
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB252
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB238
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB271