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Google Analytics Cookies

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use our website - 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 in our website and how long you spend on each page

  • 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 (eg your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:
Name Purpose Expires
_utma Determines the number of unique visitors to the site 2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our site 30 minutes
_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your browser
_utmz This provides information about how you reached the site (eg from another website or a search engine) 6 months
ga_nextpage_params This stores data to be sent to Google on the next page you request when you close your browser
GDS_successEvents and GDS_analyticsTokens These help us identify how you use GOV.UK so we can make the site better 4 months

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.


Cookie Use Message

When you click close on our "This website uses cookies" message the following cookie will be created by your web browser. 

Name Purpose Expires
HBLBcookie Notes that you have seen the website's cookie message and prevents the message being shown again until the cookie expires. 6 months
Last Updated: 08 August 2019