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Cookies are used to:

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

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

Our use of cookies

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

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to our site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting our 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.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name: _ga
Purpose: This helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before.
Expires: 2 years

Name: _gid
Purpose: Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to or to a certain page.
Expires: 24 hours

Name: _gat
Purpose: Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made.
Expires: 1 minute


For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to the Google Code website. You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.