Census day is nearly here

18 March 2021

Written by: Lambeth Council


The census is now in full swing in Lambeth and with census day taking place in a few days on 21 March, we’ll be lighting up Lambeth Town Hall purple this weekend to raise awareness.

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Census day is nearly here

Census day is taking place this Sunday 21 March, and we’ll be lighting up Lambeth Town Hall purple this weekend to raise awareness and encourage residents to get involved.

Letters with unique codes have been sent out to residents, with some already returning their completed questionnaires.


The questionnaire includes questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Census facts

At the time of the last census… 

  • 303,086 people lived in Lambeth 
  • 144,966 residents said they were single 
  • Jamaica was the top country of birth other than the UK. Portuguese was the most common main language other than English or Welsh, spoken by 9,897 of you 
  • 1,146 people said they were Jedi Knights 
  • There were 5,644 sales and retail assistants and 5,571 cleaners and domestics 
  • There were also 899 artists, 807 taxi cab drivers and chauffeurs, and 316 youth and community workers 
  • 72,498 people got the train, underground, metro, light rail or tram to work – that’s 43.4% of workers 

Help and advice

Operating in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance, field officers will be deployed across the country to contact those who have not responded. They will offer help and advice to those who need it. They will also remind people that their census response is required by law. 

Office for national statistics

Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said:

”A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales.

It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. We’ve had a fantastic response so far, with so many of you completing the questionnaire on your laptops, phones and computers.  

It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.” 


This census is the most inclusive yet. Everyone can identify as they wish using search as you type online and write-in options on paper if they need it. 


Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.  

Complete your census

To complete your census, and to find out how you can get help, please visit census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.