Cookies

We 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’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

Cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

How cookies are used on

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use the site. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

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

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit  by tracking if you have visited before 2 years
_utma Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to the site or to a certain page 2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on the site 30 minutes
_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your browser
_utmz This tells us how you reached the site (like from another website or a search engine) 6 months
analytics_nextpage_call This lets us know the next page you visit on the site, so we can make journeys better when you close your browser
GDS_successEvents and GDS_analyticsTokens These help us identify how you use the site so we can make the site better 4 months
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