Overview of cookies

A cookie is a simple text file which stores data. (It is not a program: it doesn’t do anything.) A website which uses cookies sends this text file to your computer the first time you visit. The cookie is then stored on your computer and holds data relating to your visit - typically the name of the website and unique user ID which anonymously relates to you. The cookies we use in this website cannot be used to identify you personally.

Why we use cookies

Cookies help us to improve your experience as a user of this website.

For example:

  • They measure how many people are using our online services. This information can help us to improve our website further (cookies used for web analytics)
  • They remember a location (a postcode and an address) so that next time you visit our website you don’t have to enter your location details again (cookies used to set your location)
  • They allow you to adapt this website so that you can use colours and fonts of your choice (cookies used for accessibility settings)

You can control cookies

You can accept or reject cookies in this site: Cookies

Find out more about controlling cookies: How to control and delete cookies on your browser (

Cookies which are essential for the website to operate

The cookies below are necessary in order to provide a service to you which you have requested by using the website. These cookies are set to expire as soon as you quit your browser.

  • Name: TestCookie
    • A session cookie to determine whether a user's browser accepts cookie and can therefore log in
    • Contains: a random alphanumeric string
    • Expires when the user closes their browser
    • A session cookie used to store the session ID
    • Contains: a random alphanumeric string
    • Expires when the user closes their browser

Both of these cookies are required for our website to operate and do not contain personal data.

Our cookies banner sets a cookie

The banner which appears, informing you that the website uses cookies sets a cookie:

  • Name: CookieControl
    • A persistent cookie used to remember your preferences for cookies in our site. This is an essential cookie
    • Contains: a random alphanumeric string
    • Expires: after 90 days

Last updated: ‎10/07/2023 12:28