Cookie Policy

When you visit our website(s) small files (known as ‘cookies’) are stored on to your device (computer, phone, tablet etc) to collect information about how you browse our site.

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

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use our website(s). We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on our website(s)
  • how long you spend on each of our pages
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re 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 Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

_gaThis helps us count how many people visit our website(s) by
tracking if you’ve visited before
2 years
_gidThis helps us count how many people visit our website(s) by
tracking if you’ve visited before
24 hours
_gatUsed to manage the rate at which page view requests are
_utmaLike _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so
we can count how many of our visitors are new to our
website(s) or to a certain page
2 years
_utmbThis works with _utmc to calculate the average length
of time you spend on our website(s)
30 minutes
_utmcThis works with _utmb to calculate when you close
your browser
When you
close your
_utmzThis tells us how you reached our website(s) (for
example from another website or a search engine)
6 months


analytics_next_page_callThis lets us know the next page you
visit on our website(s), so we can
make journeys better
When you
close your
govuk_contact_referrerThis lets us know the last page you
visited before using the contact us
1 day

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.