Cookie Policy

Cookies puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:
  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs;
  • remember the notifications you have seen so that we don’t show them to you again.

How cookies are used on

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics) to collect information about how you use We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, for example improving site search.

Google Analytics stores information about:
  • the pages you visit on;
  • how long you spend on each page;
  • how you got to the site;
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site.

We do not collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies.

Name Purpose

_ga This helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before (exp. 2 years)

_gid This helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before (exp. 24 hours)

_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made (exp. 10 minutes)

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Policy acceptance cookie

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose

hasConsent This helps us remember whether you have accepted our privacy and cookie policies (exp. 13 months)

YouTube cookies

We use YouTube to provide videos on some pages of the site. YouTube sets cookies when you visit one of these pages.

Name Purpose

_use_hitbox This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser (exp. When you close your browser)

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Lets YouTube count the views of embedded YouTube videos (exp. 9 months)

This cookies policy contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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