What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to a user’s computer or mobile device when a browser is used to visit a website.

Some cookies, known as sessional cookies, are created temporarily and are deleted when a user leaves a particular website. Other cookies, known as persistent cookies, allow the user’s device to be recognised by the originating website on subsequent visits to that website.

Cookies are used to perform many different roles. For example, they can be used to enable users to navigate between pages efficiently, remember their preferences, manage log-ins, and can be used to generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that advertisements displayed online are more relevant to users and their interests.

As cookies themselves include very little information they cannot be used themselves to identify users by name and cannot usually be used to reveal personal data.

How we use cookies

You can find more information about the types of cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Type Name Purpose 1st / 3rd Party Lifespan

Strictly necessary cookie








This is used by the PHP language to identify you as a unique user. It expires when you close your browser and does not store personal data about you.


This cookie is created by the Perch CMS to identify you as a user of a Perch licensed product. Perch may use this to verify that a website has been correctly licensed.

1st Party

End of session (max duration 24 minutes)





1 Month

Analytics Cookies









These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. The data that is generated by the cookie (including your IP Address) and is forwarded to Google. Google use this information to compile reports on our behalf and to help us improve the website. The information informs us about the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.

3rd Party

End of Session,

13 months,

30 mins,
7 months,
13 months,
10 mins

30 seconds

24 hours

How to control and delete cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, please visit

To opt out of Google Analytics, you may install the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser, by visiting here which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer, as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting all cookies via your browser settings may affect your ability to navigate and use our website.

Contact us and your rights of complaint

Questions, comments or requests concerning this privacy notice are welcomed and should be addressed to Group Communications Manager at 

You have the right to make a complaint to the UK Information Commissioners' Office ('ICO') or to seek a remedy through the courts if you believe that your rights have been reached. 

If you have a concern about any aspect of our privacy practices, including the way we have handled your information, you can report it to the ICO. You can find details of how to do this on the ICO website at or by calling their helpline on 0303 123 1113.

This cookies notice was last updated on Thursday 15 October 2020.

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