Some good Lambeth stats

Here’s some fascinating statistics about Lambeth from the Community Police Consultative Group‘s recent Whose Shout? report into crime prevention and public engagement:

  • Population estimates for Lambeth range from 273,249 (ONS mid-year estimates 2006) to 285,580 (GLA 2007), whilst JSNA reports the General Practice registered population was 352,762 (March 2009)
  • Nearly half the resident population are young adults in their 20s and 30s, with fewer children and older people than other parts of the country
  • Nearly a third of the population was born outside the UK, as were 55% of Lambeth women who gave birth in 2007
    At least 141 languages are spoken in the borough, with Portuguese, Yoruba, Spanish, Somali, French and Twi the most commonly spoken, after English, by schoolchildren
  • According to a CACI report in 2009 (see appendices), Lambeth is the most ethnically diverse borough in London, with the Census 2001 figures showing 52% of the population White British, 14% other White ethnicity and 34% Black, Asian and other ethnicities, including significant Black Caribbean and Black African minorities (both 11%)
  • The three ethnic groups most represented in Lambeth schools in 2008 were African (24%), Caribbean (19%) and White British (17%) Population projections (2008-33) show increases in the Asian (26%) and Black African (15%) populations, with a decline (2%) in the Black Caribbean population, with an overall increase of 12.9% from 2008-2028.
  • Polish, Australian and Jamaican migrant workers formed the largest groups registering for National Insurance in 2002-6
  • Religious diversity includes 60% of the population from a wide range of Christian traditions, 5% from Muslim traditions and 8% from other traditions, with 29% of Census 2001 respondents stating no religion or preferring not to answer the question
  • Reliable sexual orientation data is not readily available, but local surveys suggest a local lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender population of 3-5%
  • Although there has been a sustained reduction in crime over recent years, Lambeth remains a high crime area, with the third most recorded offences of all London boroughs 2008-9
  • Crime fell over 30% in Lambeth over the seven years to 2009; there was a very slight rise (0.6%) in total notifiable offences in 2009-10. During 2009-10, Homicide fell by 41%, Violence Against the Person fell by 0.3%, but Rape rose by 23% and Robbery by 11%. Burglary rose by 7% and Gun Crime by 33%. Domestic Crime dropped by 8% and Racist Crime by 7%. Homophobic Crime rose by 46%.
  • 16% of Lambeth’s population have a long-term limiting illness
  • Estimates reported in JSNA 2009 show a much higher prevalence of mental illness than in the country as a whole, with over 4,000 Lambeth residents having severe mental health difficulties and around 37,000 (over 10% of the population) being treated for anxiety and depression, according to Lambeth PCT in 2008
  • There were around 18,500 carers in Lambeth in 2001
  • In 2007, there were 598 people with learning disabilities living in Lambeth
  • In 2001, 40% of residents lived in social rented housing, 22% in private rented accommodation and 38% were owner-occupiers
    Lambeth is the 19th most deprived local authority in England and the 5th most deprived borough in London (2007)
  • Affluence and deprivation are not found evenly across the borough: there are pockets of severe deprivation (eg parts of Coldharbour Ward) as well as areas of great affluence (eg the riverside areas of Bishops and Oval wards)
  • In 2008, 17,370 residents were claiming Income Support and over twenty thousand children were living in families dependent on benefits
  • 11% of adults in Lambeth (2003) had entry-level literacy skills, and there is a very wide range of educational achievement across the borough
  • The overwhelming majority of jobs in Lambeth are in the service industry, with most of them split between public sector employment and the financial, IT and business sector
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2 Responses to “Some good Lambeth stats”

  1. You can find a whole load more stats in the papers for our monthly meeting, next Tuesday 6pm at the Assembly Hall.

    Details at

  2. Many thanks, Jim. I’ll check those out and pull out what’s particularly interesting in another post.