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 MiB284
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB235
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB441
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB243
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB272
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB265
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB215
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB256
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB224
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB331
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB304
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB150
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB168
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB170
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB185
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB325
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB170
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB529
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB157
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB438
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB761
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB227
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB148
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB131
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB283
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB162
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB150
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB153
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB160
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB150