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 MiB335
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB281
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB519
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB282
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB319
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB314
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB246
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB314
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB252
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB380
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB372
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB182
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB196
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB205
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB214
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB396
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB203
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB650
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB187
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB511
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB951
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB272
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB182
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB165
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB357
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB188
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB177
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB180
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB185
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB183