From seeing what matters to our residents and businesses to understanding the economic and social makeup of the borough, have a look at the research below showing insights about the borough and the people who live there. We use this evidence to inform how we commission outcomes, develop strategies and run services.

Discover data and evidence about the borough, our neighbourhoods and wards. See how your services you use compare to other councils and read what matters to local residents, businesses & specific communities. Find out too what we know about inequality, health and wellbeing and what Lambeth could look like in the future.

Sections in this guide (click title to view)

1. What we know about the borough

Our State of the Borough 2016 provides an overview of the social context, the population and its changing nature, household composition, tenure & affordability, breakdown of residents by equality characteristics, poverty & deprivation, health & life expectancy, crime and the economic situation.

You can find previous State of the Borough reports for:

2014 2012 2011

How Lambeth compares

If you want to know how the services you use perform against other councils, you can use the LG Inform tool which provides up-to-date published data about Lambeth and its performance, as well as of other councils across the country, where that data can be benchmarked with other local authorities.

2. What we know about local residents

The Lambeth Residents Survey 2016 provides an overview of what matters to residents, their levels of satisfaction with the area, perceptions of change and neighbourliness, safety and crime and health, what Council services they use, their perceptions of the Council and how they want to work with other people.

You can also use the Area Classification Tool to enable you to map the borough by different customer segments. These segments have been created by a combination of over 60 Census variables. You can discover the characteristics of each segment, compare the proportion of segments by borough or even ward.

You could use this tool to find similar areas to compare performance of key services and share best practice, to private sector profiling of areas for potential investment and third sector targeting of resources to maximum effect.

You can find our previous residents survey for 2015

3. What we know about inequality in Lambeth

The Cumulative Equalities Impact Assessment seeks a much fuller understanding of our residents and what local and national policies mean for them. In this way, we will not only use our resources as best we can, but will also look at how we deal with the causes of problems as well as their effects. The appendix sets out in detail how Lambeth is changing in respect of the key trends which we believe will have greatest effect on the lives of our residents.

You can also find Equality Impact Assessments on individual services or strategies.

4. What we know about our neighbourhoods

Based on the Lambeth Residents Survey 2015, Neighbourhood Insights provides a neighbourhood level overview of what matters to residents, their levels of satisfaction with the area, perceptions of change & neighbourliness, safety & crime and health, what Council services they use, their perceptions of the Council and how they want to work with other people.

Infographics (press Present when you click on the link)

Neighbourhood Insight for Brixton

Neighbourhood Insight for Clapham

Neighbourhood Insight for Norwood

Neighbourhood Insight for North Lambeth

Neighbourhood Insight for Streatham


Neighbourhood Insight for across Lambeth

Neighbourhood Insight for Brixton

Neighbourhood Insight for Clapham

Neighbourhood Insight for Norwood

Neighbourhood Insight for North Lambeth

Neighbourhood Insight for Streatham

Data Platforms


5. What we know about our wards

The Ward Profiles and Atlas Tool provide a range of demographic data for each ward. It is designed to provide an overview of the population in these areas by presenting data on the population, diversity, households, life expectancy, housing, crime, benefits, land use, deprivation & employment.

The Ward Profiles present summary measures for the most recent year. This is a useful tool for displaying a large amount of data for numerous geographies.

The Ward Atlas presents a more detailed version of the data including trend data and generally includes the raw numbers as opposed to percentages or rates.

You can also read a profile for each ward in our State of the Wards 2016

6. What we know about local businesses

The Lambeth Business Survey 2015 provides an overview of business demographic information, the business economy, business aspirations, views on running a business in the area, opportunities and challenges they face, business ownership, employment, staff recruitment and engagement with the Council. You can also find the Brixton Business Survey 2014

7. What we know about our communities

We have carried out research on a range of communities where we haven't had sufficient understanding of below, including:

Black Caribbean Eritrean Gypsy and Traveller LGBT Polish Portuguese Transgender

If you have produced research on Lambeth and its people, economy or communities, do get in touch with Noel Hatch at

You can find out more about Lambeth's main community networks

8. Black Caribbean

Black Caribbean residents are a large and vibrant part of the community in Lambeth. The borough has the second highest proportion of Black Caribbean residents in the country after Lewisham.

Ethnographic research has been undertaken to explore in detail the individual stories of the experiences of some of our Black Caribbean residents and those factors that might explain dissatisfaction within this particular community. We have also trained up local Black Caribbean residents to act as peer researchers, and asked them to provide the council with greater insight into the experiences and views of the Black Caribbean communities in Lambeth.

As part of this research a film was produced in which Black Caribbean residents talk about their relationship with the council and our services. View the 'Black Caribbean residents have their say' film on YouTube.

9. Eritrean

We have carried out research into the needs of the Eritrean communities in Lambeth and Southwark, which was undertaken by members of the Eritrean community, supported by Lambeth Council. The research covers issues including: community safety, housing, employment and training, health, and services for children and young people, and provides evidence on the needs of this community.

10. Gypsy and Traveller

Historically, we have had very little information about the Gypsy and Traveller community living in Lambeth, specifically those on the site at Lonesome Way in Streatham. In the research we carried out we found out more about the site and the community living there, including their needs. This ethnographic research has been used as a basis for developing an action plan to tackle the issues that came to light in the research.

11. LGBT

We present the findings of a study of the experiences of Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) men and women who live, work and socialise in Lambeth. It presents the results of part of a larger study which included analysis of Lambeth’s policies and procedures, stakeholder interviews and staff focus groups.

12. Polish

Polish people have become a major presence within Lambeth, especially in Streatham, where there are an increasing number of Polish shops and restaurants. However, this visibility is in stark contrast to the representation of Poles within local political forums and decision making processes, where the community is virtually silent.

Research has been undertaken to find out more about the Polish community, are the Poles who are making their homes in the borough happy to keep a low profile, or do they lack the tools and experience to make themselves heard? What are the concerns of Polish people in Lambeth and what change would they like to see. The research was undertaken to give the council an understanding of how it can best work with Polish residents to identify solutions that the community can take forward.

Follow up work is being conducted by Stockwell Partnership. For more information please contact

13. Portuguese

Research has been conducted on the Portuguese community in Lambeth and a separate study has been carried out on this community for Stockwell.

14. Somali

Over the last ten years, Streatham and Stockwell have emerged as centres for the Somali community in Lambeth with shops, cafés and other services. The sale and use of khat by Somalis was implicated as a factor in community tensions in 2004. In 2006, London Borough of Lambeth Drug and Alcohol Team (DAT) commissioned the Lambeth Khat Project, a partnership project between the DAT, FanonCare, London Somali Development Partnership (LSDP), and East African Health Concern (EAHC).

15. Transgender

This research uses an ethnographic approach to complement existing local and national knowledge of the lives and needs of transgender (‘trans’) people. In this report we look at the barriers trans people face in accessing public services, their relationship with the voluntary sector and experiences of ‘transphobia’, to name a few issues.

16. Women and girls

According to the National Domestic Violence Helpline data, the number of calls received from Lambeth to their helpline, was the second highest among all local authorities. This report identifies the prevalence of violence against women and girls, specialist service provision and the future direction of a co-ordinated community response in Lambeth. As a result of this research a set of recommendations and an action plan were developed to help reduce the prevalence of violence against women and girls in Lambeth.

17. What we know about health and wellbeing

The Lambeth Joint Strategic Needs Assessment is a process that identifies the current and future health and wellbeing and social care needs of the local population. The JSNA also considers what assets local communities within Lambeth can offer in terms of skills, experience and resources.

The Public Health Profiles and the Local Health Tool provides you with access to interactive maps and reports on a variety of different issues, from deprivation to health, at local authority level and at a smaller area levels, such as MSOA and ward, as well as Clinical Commissioning Group level.

You can visualise the data through a map, as well as download the data. You can also combine areas to create your own geographies and view the information and reports for these areas, as well as compare how your area performs against the national average.

18. Take part in our Local Insight Programme

We are developing a Local Insight Programme to help commissioners, policy makers and analysts share & learn how local authorities can use data & insight to make better decisions, be that to better understand need, demand or impact.

Learn methods & tools to help you use data & evidence in your work Discover how others in public services and beyond have used analysis Share how you’ve used these methods & tools

The next phase of the programme will be focused on . Sessions coming up:

26 October: Using data to help users access the support they need 16 November: Introduction to public health and wellbeing in Lambeth 7 December: Understanding the drivers and patterns of poverty

Presentations of sessions already taken place:

1. Planning your research

2. Finding data & research

3. Understanding what matters to our residents

4. Segmenting our residents to better target our services


5. Using evaluation to measure impact

6. Reporting social impact

7. Using research to inform policy

How people can use data to improve outcomes

8. How to use data analysis to help target interventions

9: How to use data to help residents make informed decisions

10: How to use data analysis to help find savings and improve outcomes

12: How to help services make better use of data analytics

13: Demystifying data protection within the context of big data

Using insight with citizens to help redesign services and help communities support themselves and each other

13: How to use insights to understand how we better support citizens

14: How you plan service design

On the programme, we are very grateful to have speakers & trainers from: Aspirational Families Programme, Barnet Council, Camden Council, City Interaction Lab, Community Action Network, Consumer Data Research Centre, Demos, Harrow Council, Lambeth Council, GDS, GLA, LGA, London College of Communications, Making Every Adult Matter, National Childrens' Bureau, Newham Council, New Poverty Institute, Plexus, Policy Lab, Public Collaboration Lab, RCA, Southwark Council, University College London & Young Foundation

Future sessions will be on planning a research, behavioural insight & service project, analysing & using geographic and financial information, understanding the drivers & patterns of customer demand and economic growth, identifying high demand groups and working with partners to model need. If you’d like to run a session and share how you’ve used insight & intelligence effectively, do get in touch.

19. What Lambeth could look like in the future

The Infrastructure 2050 Tool enables you to visualise future infrastructure between now and 2050, including town centres, housing zones, green belt and transport. It also shows planned infrastructure from retail to residential and you can plot by year as well as by financial value. You can also compare population and jobs growth, as well as compare with other boroughs.

You could use this tool to understand future demand and supply in particular areas and plan where infrastructure is needed, particularly where there may be gaps.

20. Find out how people have used insight effectively

We want to learn from people inside and outside of Lambeth on how we can use insight to make better decisions and improve our services. This is what we've found so far. If you have a case study you'd like to share get in touch with Chris Guthrie at

Using data analysis to make processes more efficient

Non Domestic Rates & FOI Requests Allotment Rationalisation Community Facility Hire Payments Processing

​Using data analysis to target interventions

Residents Index Housing Repairs Aspirational Families

Using behavioural insights to improve efficiency

Council Tax Randomised Control Trial

Using data to develop strategies

Adult Social Care Market Position Statement Environmental Sustainability