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 MiB57
Back Street Factory23.8 MiB69
Batley Final Report23.3 MiB80
Cost Of Industrial Change66.6 MiB66
Coventry Report Part One51.7 MiB81
Coventry Report Part Two69.2 MiB73
Cutting Welfare State30.0 MiB71
From Failure To Facelift42.5 MiB57
Gilding The Ghetto36.3 MiB72
Government Against Poverty18.9 MiB76
Growth Decline Benwell Photograph Collection84.3 MiB51
Inter-Project Report16.0 MiB57
Letter Hillfields Photographer907.6 KiB40
Limits Of The Law37.3 MiB51
Local Government Becomes Big Business3.8 MiB74
Making Of A Ruling Class73.6 MiB37
Myth of Area Improvement35.1 MiB40
North Shields: Living With Industrial Change90.1 MiB96
North Shields: Organising For Change55.1 MiB31
North Shields: Women's Work13.7 MiB99
North Shields: Working Class Politics8.6 MiB90
Oldham Final Report44.7 MiB42
Permanent Unemployment54.8 MiB39
Poverty Of The Improvement Programme6.9 MiB28
Private Housing Report63.5 MiB38
Profits Against Houses Report6.6 MiB41
Southwalk Final Report12.6 MiB35
State And Local Economy Report49.5 MiB33
Whatever Happened To Council Housing?61.6 MiB34
Youth On The Dole13.5 MiB37