Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. This sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information during one task
  • recognising that you have already given a username and password so you don’t need to enter it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and that there is enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them from All About Cookies.

Our use of cookies

We comply with the latest EU legislation on the use of cookies and each time you visit this site from a new device we will ask your permission to save cookies. You can change your decision at any time by selecting the small cookie icon in the bottom right corner of your browser window. This icon will appear once you have accepted or declined cookies on this site for the first time, the icon will be green if you elected to accept cookies or red if you declined.

The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by this website and the third-party services we use. If you have any queries about these cookies or would like more information about them, please contact us.

Cookies for measuring use of services

Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the website is available when you want it and to help us understand what you want to use. For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.

Name Typical Content Expires
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc randomly generated number when you close your browser
_utmz randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months