We sometimes place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most websites do this.

They improve things by:

remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page remembering information you’ve given (eg your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.

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How we use cookies

GOV.UK uses cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

In most cases, we will let you know before we store a cookie on your computer by providing a message similar to this: sets a cookie.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.