Cookies and privacy

About cookies

We put 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

Cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

You’ll see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

You can manage Cookies on this page by clicking the cookie settings link on the banner at the bottom of the page.

How we use cookies

Essential cookies

You may see a cookies message when you first visit this site. We’ll store a cookie to save your settings.

Name Purpose Expires
OptanonConsent This cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor. 1 year

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

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

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 personal information 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 the site by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gid Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

Measuring website usage (Matomo Analytics)

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

Matomo 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 personal information so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

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

Matomo Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
_pk_ses* This cookie name is associated with the Piwik open source web analytics platform. It is used to help website owners track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is a pattern type cookie, where the prefix _pk_ses is followed by a short series of numbers and letters, which is believed to be a reference code for the domain setting the cookie. 30 mins
_pk_id* This cookie name is associated with the Piwik open source web analytics platform. It is used to help website owners track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is a pattern type cookie, where the prefix _pk_id is followed by a short series of numbers and letters, which is believed to be a reference code for the domain setting the cookie. 24 hours

Privacy policy

We collect certain information or data about you when you use of this website. This includes your IP address, details of which version of web browser you used, information on you use the site, using cookies and page tagging techniques to help us improve the website.

This helps us to improve the site by monitoring how you use it. We can’t personally identify you using your data.

Keeping your data secure

Transmitting information over the internet is generally not completely secure, and we can’t guarantee the security of your data. Any data you transmit is at your own risk.

We won’t share your information with any other organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes, and we don’t pass on your details to other websites.

Disclosing your information

We may pass on your information if we have a legal obligation to do so, or if we have to enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements. This includes exchanging information with other government departments for legal reasons.

Links to other websites

This website contains links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to this website. If you go to another website from this one, read the privacy policy on that website to find out what it does with your information.

Following a link to this website from another website

If you come to this website from another website, we may receive personal information about you from the other website. You should read the privacy policy of the website you came from to find out more about this.