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 MiB232
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB198
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB384
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB206
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB228
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB211
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB185
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB214
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB196
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB268
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB253
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB133
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB142
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB138
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB160
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB243
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB141
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB431
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB129
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB368
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB570
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB195
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB123
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB108
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB203
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB134
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB125
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB130
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB139
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB124