Ready, steady, census!

The decennial census is almost upon us. Households across Lambeth will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes. Census day is March 21.

This census there will be three new questions, one on previous service in the UK Armed Forces, and voluntary questions on sexuality and gender identity. These have been included in order to build a better picture of society, to combat inequality, and to show where services are needed. If you do not feel comfortable answering on the same form as the rest of your household, you can request an individual census questionnaire and answer separately.

For more information on the census and why it is important to take part, please visit