Cookies Usage Policy

We use cookies and similar technologies on this website to improve its performance and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how we do that.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term "cookies" in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.

Cookies serve many functions, for example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.

Certain cookies may record personal information - for example, if you click "Remember me" when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won't collect information that identifies you personally, and will instead allow us to collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites.

What sort of cookies does this website use?

Generally, our cookies perform several different functions.

1. Essential cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Because some website features will not function without cookies of this type, they are designated as 'strictly necessary' and are exempt from the regulations which require your consent to place cookies on your device.

2. Performance Cookies

These cookies will allow us to collect information about how visitors use a website for instance, which pages visitors visit most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies do not record information that personally identifies a visitor. All information these cookies record is aggregated and anonyomo0us. It is only used to improve how a website works. By using this website you agree we may place these types of cookies on your device unless you have disabled them. Our Analytic cookies fall under this category.

3. Functionality cookies

These cookies allow a website to remember choices you make (such as your username, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, personalised features. These cookies can also remember changes you have n=made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies record may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. By using this website you agree we may place these types of cookie on your device unless you have disabled them.

Can a website user block cookies?

As we've explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of this website. However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions on www.aboutcookies.org.

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.

Our website uses the following cookies

__utma - This cookie is set by Google Analytics and is used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and there are no existing __utma cookies. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Duration: 2 years

Type: Performance

__utmc - The cookie is set by Google Analytics and is deleted when the user closes the browser. The cookie is not used by ga.js. The cookie is used to enable interoperability with urchin.js which is an older version of Google analytics and used in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine new sessions/visits.

Duration: Browsing session

Type: Performance

__utmz - This cookie is set by Google Analytics and is used to store the traffic source or campaign through which the visitor reached your site.

Duration: 6 months

Type: Performance

__utmt - The cookie is set by Google Analytics and is used to throttle the request rate.

Duration: 10 minutes

Type: Performance

__utmb - The cookie is set by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the JavaScript library executes and there are no existing __utma cookies. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

Duration: 30 minutes

Type: Performance

lang - This cookie is used to store the language preferences of a user to serve up content in that stored language the next time user visits the website.

Duration: Until removed

Type: Functional

has_js - This cookie is used to indicate whether the user's browser has enabled JavaScript.

Duration: Browsing session

Type: Essential

parentinfo_cookiecontrol - Related to the Parent Info news feed

Duration: 2 months

Type: Functional

_ga - This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.

Duration: 2 years

Type: Analytics

_gid - This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information on how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.

Duration: 1 day

Type: Analytics

_gat - This cookie is installed by Google Universal Analytics to throttle the request rate to limit the collection of data on high traffic sites.

Duration: 1 minute

Type: Performance

ccShowCookieIcon - Records whether or not to show the Cookie Control acceptance banner

Duration: 2 months

Type: Functional

More information

More detail on how businesses use cookies is available at www.aboutcookies.org.
If you have any queries regarding this Cookie Policy please contact us.

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