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 MiB130
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB126
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB202
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB109
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB138
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB131
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB134
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB130
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB133
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB151
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB147
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB90
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB79
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB91
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB104
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB79
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB83
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB268
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB66
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB231
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB314
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB88
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB74
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB56
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB83
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB75
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB75
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB81
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB58
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB73