Cookie policy

Where services are delivered on the internet, small amounts of information are sometimes placed 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 through:

  • 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 government services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from GOV.UK.

How to control and delete cookies

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

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

You can also visit About Cookies for more information about removing cookies.

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

To view your cookie code, click on the cookie to open it. You will see a short list 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.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.