Cookies Policy

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our digital services so we can make them better
  • You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1

‘First-party’ cookies

NamePurposeContentExpiry
pf_u This is used to identify you and keep your preferences, this cookie doesn't hold any personal information, just a unique alphanumeric key and is removed when you close the browser window. Randomly generated number Date not set
pf_cookies  This is used to remember if you've seen or read our cookie alert which displays when you first visit the site 'yes' 3628 days
pf_rm This is a unique alphanumeric key which remembers you if you choose to be remembered next time you visit Randomly generated number 1 month
pf_vote This remembers which Polls you have voted on within the website Numbers 1 Month

 

Third-party cookies

NamePurposeContentExpiry
__utma Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (More Info) Randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (More Info) Randomly generated number 30 minutes
__utmc Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (More Info) Randomly generated number when user exits browser
__utmz Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage, e.g. website statistics. This to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast (More Info) Randomly generated number 2 years
locale These cookies are created by Facebook, they let the website know if you've liked something or logged in to your Facebook account. In this case they are present because the 'Like' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 4 days
datr These cookies are created by Facebook, they let the website know if you've liked something or logged in to your Facebook account. In this case they are present because the 'Like' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 727 days
lu These cookies are created by Facebook, they let the website know if you've liked something or logged in to your Facebook account. In this case they are present because the 'Like' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 727 days
guest_id These cookies are created by Twitter, they let the website know if you've logged in to your Twitter account. In this case they are present because the 'Tweet' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 689 days
pid These cookies are created by Twitter, they let the website know if you've logged in to your Twitter account. In this case they are present because the 'Tweet' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 721 days
twll These cookies are created by Twitter, they let the website know if you've logged in to your Twitter account. In this case they are present because the 'Tweet' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 3645 days
k These cookies are created by Twitter, they let the website know if you've logged in to your Twitter account. In this case they are present because the 'Tweet' button is being used on the website. (More Info) Randomly generated number 4 days
PREF This is used by Google Translate to remember what language you have chosen to view the site in. Randomly generated number  

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org 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 machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.
If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.


For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.