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Last updated: May 2022

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. In general they are used to make websites work or to provide information to the owners of the site.  

Changing your cookie preferences

Most browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome etc.) allow cookies to be placed on your device when you visit websites. If you wish to change the way your browser accepts or rejects cookies, or you wish to delete cookies that have been placed on your device, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Use of cookies on this site

We only use cookies that enable our website to function correctly and to provide us with information that allows us to improve its performance. Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact the functionality of some areas of the website, resulting in them not working properly.

The table below lists the cookies used on this site and why we use them.

Cookie Purpose  Lifespan
Microsoft Azure - cloud platform

​ARRAffinity, ApplicationGatewayAffinity, ARRAffinitySameSite and ApplicationGatewayAffinityCORS

These cookies are used for load balancing to make sure visitors page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session.

Duration of the session
​Umbraco

__RequestVerificationToken

This is an anti-forgery token designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website.

Duration of the session
ASP.NET

ASP.NET_SessionId

This cookie serves two functions on the site:

(i) Remembers the selections and data you have entered into one of our online forms so when progressing through the form you won’t be required to re-enter information you have already given

(ii) Enables the parts of the form which have been completed to be redisplayed if the page is reloaded after pressing ‘submit’, for example if the form is incomplete or the information given is the wrong format.

Duration of the session
Civic UK

CookieControl

This cookie is used to remember a user’s preferences in regards to cookies.

90 days

 

Google Analytics

We use the _ga, _gid, and _gat and cookies provided by Google as part of their analytics tool. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website, for example number of visitors to the site, which pages are most visited, how visitors move between pages etc. The information they collect is anonymous. We use this information to help improve visitors’ experience of the website.