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 MiB428
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB395
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB647
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB329
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB398
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB384
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB299
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB390
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB293
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB483
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB481
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB225
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB239
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB247
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB249
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB499
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB250
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB838
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB220
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB613
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB1197
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB345
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB233
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB208
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB485
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB238
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB210
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB221
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB216
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB239