Our use of cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task;
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested; and
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through theĀ GOV.UK guide to cookies.

Our use of cookies

Important information about this list of cookies

This list may not always be complete although we will regularly update it.

Cookies for measuring use of services

By understanding how people use our website, we can improve the information provided. This also ensures that the service is available when you want it and fast. We use a number of different methods of gathering this data, including services provided by the following companies:

Google Analytics

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Expires: 2 years
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Expires: 30 minutes
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Expires: when user exits browser
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Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 6 months

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website.