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 MiB45
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB60
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB56
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB56
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB73
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB64
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB61
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB44
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB59
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB64
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB38
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB49
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB31
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB46
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB67
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB31
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB30
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB57
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB23
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB38
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB53
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB37
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB32
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB22
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB33
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB32
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB29
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB28
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB26
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB31