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These cookies are used to:

  • Measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • Remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

The cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

How cookies are used on this website

We use Application Insights software to collect information about how you use this website. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, for example improving the site structure and information architecture. We also send cross-domain tracking information to GOV.UK to help us understand and monitor performance data across multiple public services.

Application Insights stores information about:

  • The pages you visit on this website
  • How long you spend on each page
  • How you got to the site
  • What you interact with while you are 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.

We don’t allow 3rd parties to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are set:

Application Insights cookies
Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit the site by tracking if you have visited before 2 years
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes
ai_user Used to distinguish users 24 hours

You can opt out of Application Insights cookies.

Find and explore cookies
Name Purpose Expires
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