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 MiB202
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB172
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB278
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB175
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB188
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB188
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB164
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB180
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB172
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB222
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB216
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB110
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB109
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB116
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB136
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB206
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB112
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB379
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB104
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB323
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB480
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB152
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB103
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB85
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB156
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB110
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB101
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB111
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB116
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB102