What are cookies?

Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone.

These include small files known as cookies.

Why does this website use cookies?

We need to measure how many people are using our website's services, to help us ensure there's enough capacity to respond  to everyone's requests.

We use a third party service called Google Analytics to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to our website and volumes of usage. To capture this information Google Analytics sets cookies - more information  is available on the Google Code Website

The cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.

What cookies does this website use?

The only cookies used by this website are those used by Google Analytics. They are listed below: 

Table containing the cookies we use to improve our service
Name Typical content Expires
_utma Randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb Randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmc Randomly generated number When user closes browser
_utmz Randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

Managing cookies

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them. Information and videos are available on Directgov: Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them.