Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites you visit. They are widely used to collect information about how you browse a website. An explanation of the cookies we use on this website and why we use them is below.
Find out more about how to manage cookies.
Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use this website. We do this to help make sure the website is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.
Google Analytics stores information about:
- the pages you visit on the site
- 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 your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.
Google Analytics sets the following cookies:
|_ga||This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before||2 years|
|_gid||This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before||24 hours|
|_gat||Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made||10 minutes|
|_utma||Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to GOV.UK or to a certain page||2 years|
|_utmb||This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on GOV.UK||30 minutes|
|_utmc||This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser||When you close your browser|
|_utmz||This tells us how you reached GOV.UK (for example from another website or a search engine)||6 months|
You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies across all the websites you visit.
Our introductory message
You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit this site. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.
|cookie_notice_accepted||Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message||1 month|
We use a service called Cloudflare to provide protection against Distributed Denial of Service attacks.
|_ cfduid||Used to identify and block malicious visitors to Cloudflare protected sites||1 year|