In some areas of the website, a ‘cookie’ may be downloaded to your computer in order for the website to remember you.  It also allows us to collect anonymous information about how our site is used to help us to improve the performance of the website for our users.

Cookies are small text files that are stored in your computer (or mobile device) when you visit a website.   They allow you to do lots of useful things such as navigating between pages efficiently, storing your preferences and showing popular pages.

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (first party cookies) or they may be set by other websites which run content on the page your are viewing (third party cookies).

You can change your web browser settings to notify you before a cookie is downloaded or can disable cookies altogether.  However, disabling cookies may mean that certain content or functionality will not work properly for you. 

You can find out more about cookies and how to manage them in your browser on the Directgov and websites.