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Cookies

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file – it’s saved onto your computer or other device when you visit our website.

Cookies store small pieces of information. For example - they will remember you've visited our site or performed a certain action.

A cookie might also store information so you don't have to keep entering it in a form.

Cookies also let us know which pages of our site you visited; they help us develop our information and services.

  • Persistent cookies - these stay valid, and will work until their expiry date (unless you delete them before they expire)
  • Session cookies - these expire when you close your web browser


The information we collect

Most of the cookies we use record the pages of our site you visit and any interactive elements - such as forms - that you use. They can also record information on the visit date and time as well as internet browser and the device you use to access the site.

We don't collect any information that can identify you personally.

How we use this information

We use cookie information to find out how our website is being used and we may use them to tailor our users online experience.

We can learn which pages are being viewed and how many visitors are using the different sections of the site. This information helps us understand how useful the site is to our visitors, and how we can keep improving.

How to disable cookies

You can disable and remove the cookies if your browser supports this. To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using and what version you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser, then clicking on 'Help' and then 'About'. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.

To manage your cookies, refer to your browser’s help section or visit the aboutcookies website.

Remember, if you amend your cookie settings, your browsing experience may change for the worse. For example, if you have set preferences on a website - such as your location for local news or weather forecasts - it will no longer remember these.

Changes to this policy

We occasionally update our cookie policy. Please visit this page periodically to keep yourself informed. Last updated on 15 November 2013.