Original article from Kent Live
Every 10 years households up and down the country are asked to fill out the Census.
The first official Census took place in 1801 and has been going ever since – with a break in 1941 due to the Second World War.
It's overseen by the Office for National Statistics and goes to every household in England and Wales.
Today marks the deadline day for the 2021 Census and households risk a huge fine if they fail to complete it (Sunday, March 21).
Households who don't complete the questions could be fined £1,000 and there is the possibility of a criminal record. You are required by law to complete it.
The questions in the Census will ask for general information about yourself and the people you live with like your ages, living situation, health and level of education.
The information from the Census helps provide detail of the population's make-up and helps organisations make decisions about planning, and the funding of public services in areas, like education, healthcare and transport.
Local charities and other organisations can also use the information to ensure that levels of funding reflect the area's need.
It is incredibly easy to complete the Census and it only takes 10 minutes of your time.
You should have received information through the post about the Census this year as well as a unique code which is essential.
With this code, you can go online and complete the form here.
This year's Census is the first 'digital-first' Census where people are being encouraged to fill it out online rather than by post.
It's important to note that any personal information given in the Census remains confidential and the primary purpose of it if to gather information for statistical purposes.