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 MiB75
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB86
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB118
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB72
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB92
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB85
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB83
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB66
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB85
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB84
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB69
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB63
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB48
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB61
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB83
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB43
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB49
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB135
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB34
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB124
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB118
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB52
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB45
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB34
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB47
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB45
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB40
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB40
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB38
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB44