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 MiB377
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB335
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB576
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB308
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB365
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB352
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB273
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB356
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB278
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB421
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB419
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB209
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB220
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB230
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB239
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB450
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB231
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB724
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB212
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB556
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB1074
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB309
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB210
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB191
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB405
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB216
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB201
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB204
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB208
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB212