Lambeth’s Register Office earns national recognition

7 January 2020

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth’s hard work in swiftly registering thousands of births and deaths has been rewarded with a visit from the Deputy Registrar General for England and Wales.

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Lambeth’s Register Office earns national recognition

Andrew Dent paid a visit to the borough’s Register Office after staff achieved large increases in the number of births and deaths registered within statutory timescales last year.

The number of births registered within 42 days in Lambeth rose from 7,907 in 2018-19 to 8,176 in 2019-20, a rise of 34%. Lambeth Register Office achieved the target of 98% for the first time in October, and July alone saw an increase of 56%.

The overall rise helped the London Region to increase by 4% and achieve its target.

The number of medical certificates of cause of death registered within five days (where the coroner wasn’t involved) in Lambeth rose from 1,227 to 1,266 during the same period – an increase of 19%. The highest monthly increase was in June, with 39%.

The overall rise contributed to a 2% improvement in the London Region’s performance.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities & Culture, said: “We’re committed to improving the way the council works so that residents always get the very best services available, and the Register Office team made a fantastic contribution to this.

“They have worked hard to improve, and the figures for registering births and deaths is proof of this. Mr Dent’s visit shows that their achievements have been noticed beyond Lambeth. It was a fitting recognition of their achievements over the last year.”

Mr Dent was taken on a tour of the office by Adeel Hussain, Lambeth’s Registration Manager, for a tour of Lambeth Office. He met members of the council’s senior management team and also held a discussion with front-line staff in the office.