Cookies on our website

Cookies are small text files that may be placed on your computer when you visit a website. They are widely used to make websites work and to make them more efficient. Cookies also help website owners understand how you use the site so that they can make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

Find out how to manage cookies on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.

Our privacy statement applies to our use of cookies.

How we use cookies on

Analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics to understand how you use our website and to gather feedback, so we can improve it.

If you've accepted analytics cookies on other websites under the domain, you may notice that some of the following cookies are already in place.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use this website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting your needs and to make improvements based on our findings.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on our website
  • the time you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site.

Google may retain user and event data for up to 14 months. We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so we can’t identify who you are. We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data and find out how you can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.

Google Analytics uses the following cookies on our website:

_ga Used to distinguish users. 2 years
_gid Used to distinguish users. 24 hours
_gat Used to throttle request rate. 1 minute
AMP_TOKEN Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. 30 seconds to 1 year
_gac_<property-id> Contains campaign related information for the user. 90 days
_ga_<container-id> Used to persist session state. 90 days
_gac_gb_<container-id> Contains campaign related information. 90 days

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are needed to make our website work. They allow us to remember your cookie preferences and update the content on our website.

Our cookie management solution

You may see a modal window when you visit our website, to let you know that we would like to use cookies and to ask for your consent. We call this our 'cookie management solution'.

We use the following cookies on our website:

cookie-management-preferences-set Lets us know that you have saved your cookie preferences. 90 days
cookie-management-status Saves your cookie preferences. 90 days
cookie-management-version Allows us to reconfirm your cookie preferences whenever we change our cookie usage. 90 days

Squiz Matrix

We use Squiz Matrix to manage the content on our website.

We use the following cookie to authenticate users:

SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION Used primarily to enable login functionality to enable our content editors to make changes to our website. Session

Changing your cookie settings

If you no longer want this website to use non-essential cookies when you visit, you can manage your cookie preferences using the button below. However, this may not necessarily remove any unexpired cookies we have set. You'll need to reload any open pages for the changes to fully take effect.

There are several ways you can manage or delete cookies depending on which browser you used when you visited our website. Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.

Session cookies are only stored temporarily and expire once you close your browser.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit the About cookies website or visit the All about cookies website.