dealing-with-cookies Our use of cookies

We use cookies so that our website can work properly. We also use them to understand how well our website is working. This means that we can give you a great experience when you visit our website. It also allows us to make continual improvements to our website.

By continuing to use our site, you consent to our use of cookies.

We also ask you to consent to the use of cookies when you visit our website(s) (; :

  • for the first time, and
  • after deleting cookies in your browser or off the hard drive of your computer (this typically means that our systems believe that you are visiting our website for the first time and you will be asked to re-consent to their use).

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit:

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use below.

Your Data Matters: How can I learn more about protecting my information?

If you want detailed information on your rights, protecting your information, and what the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) does and how it can help you protect your information, go to: The ICO is the UK’s independent body which upholds information rights.

You can use your web browser to:

  • delete all cookies
  • block all cookies
  • allow all cookies
  • block third-party cookies
  • clear all cookies when you close the browser
  • open a 'private browsing' or 'incognito' session, which allows you to browse the internet without storing local data, and
  • install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality.

However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

How do I change my cookie settings?

See the links below for information on how to manage your cookies on these browsers:

For any other browsers, see the browser developer’s website.

How do opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics?

If you want to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, see Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

This opt-out add-on is designed to be compatible with:

  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox, and
  • Opera.