We sometimes place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most websites do this.
They improve things by:
- remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
- remembering information you’ve given (eg your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
- measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.
In most cases, we will let you know before we store a cookie on your computer by providing a message similar to this: sets a cookie.
Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.
Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:
|_utma||This randomly generated number is used to determine unique visitors to our site||2 years|
|_utmb||This randomly generated number works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time users spend on our site||30 minutes|
|_utmc||This randomly generated number works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser||when you close your browser|
|_utmz||This is a randomly generated number and information about how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search)||6 months|
|These cookies help us identify how people use GOV.UK so we can make the site better||4 months|
You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by visiting this page on Google.
Cookies from YouTube
On some parts of this site, we use YouTube to provide useful videos. YouTube sets some or all of these cookies when you visit one of these pages.
|_use_hitbox||This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser||when you close your browser|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||Set when viewing a page with Youtube videos on it. It is set by Youtube so they can count the views of embedded Youtube videos on them.||9 months|
Cookies from Vimeo
We embed videos from Vimeo. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the Vimeo video player.
Cookies from AddThis