What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files (normally numbers and letters) which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term "cookies" in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
Certain cookies contain personal information - for example, if you click to "remember me" when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won't collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use a websites, or a user's general location.
How to control cookies?
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. For information on how to do this on the browser on your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Manage cookies and learn more
You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the Directgov article: Internet Browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them.
If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: www.aboutcookies.org
Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.
What cookies are used by this site?
Types of cookie that may be used during your visit to our website are:
Session and permanent cookies
Third party cookies
Session cookies enable our website to keep track of your movement from page to page so you don't get asked for the same information you've already given to the site. These cookies allow you to proceed through the pages of our site quickly and easily without having to authenticate or reprocess each new area you visit. They are automatically deleted when you close your web browser.
Session and permanent cookies (also called persistent cookies)
These help our website remember your preferences and settings when you visit again in the future. They therefore speed up and enhance your experience of services or functions offered.
For these cookies to work, they are stored on you device and are not deleted when the browser is closed.
Third party cookies
These are placed by another company (domain) and are used to help us track visitor behaviour and revenue in order for us to measure the performance of our website.
Google Analytics - To track which pages on the site are most commonly used, the number of visitors to the site, page views, which browsers are used, entry pages etc. We use the information provided to help us improve our site and identify the most popular pages. Cookies last between one month and one year. For more information on Google analytics we recommend you visit the Google analytics website.