Privacy and Cookies


When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with govt services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the Direct Gov article, Internet Browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them. To find out what cookies are, visit the BBC article What are cookies?

If you’d like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, find out more at All About Cookies.

Functional cookies

Name Expiry Purpose
abc-hide 1 year
  • Cookie that is only set for users of the Internet Explorer browser
  • Stores if the user did close the information popup for a suggested browser list
viewed_cookie_policy 1 year
  • Stores your acceptance of the cookie policy (as long as you did accept it)
wordpress_logged_in_X 2 weeks
  • Stores information about your login state for system internal uses
wordpress_test_cookie Session
  • Session cookie for system internal uses
wp-settings-x 2 weeks
  • Stores information about system internal specifics for your user account
wp-settings-time-X 2 weeks
  • Stores information about system internal specifics for your user account

Third-party cookies

This website uses Third-party cookies to allow us to measure how the site is used and to improve the service.

Google Analytics

Name Typical Content
_ga Random number
_gat Random number

Google Analytics opt out

To stop Google collecting this information, use the following link to opt out of all Google analytics.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.