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 MiB99
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB110
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB158
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB88
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB113
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB100
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB117
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB97
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB111
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB109
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB102
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB76
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB61
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB77
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB90
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB58
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB62
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB195
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB45
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB172
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB184
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB68
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB56
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB41
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB58
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB59
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB53
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB61
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB45
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB57