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 MiB593
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB551
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB814
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB427
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB515
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB468
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB367
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB491
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB389
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB663
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB635
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB267
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB284
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB290
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB300
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB718
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB312
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB1248
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB256
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB768
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB1560
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB425
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB283
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB237
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB951
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB288
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB242
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB260
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB243
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB278