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 MiB257
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB215
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB412
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB225
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB251
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB238
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB201
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB231
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB211
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB301
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB280
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB138
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB157
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB156
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB173
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB287
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB159
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB467
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB145
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB401
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB660
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB210
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB135
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB121
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB249
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB153
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB138
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB142
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB151
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB140