Cookies Policy

What are cookies?

We may use information obtained from cookies or similar technology.  Cookies are small text files containing small amounts of information which are download onto your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or application.  Your web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) then sends these cookies back to the website or application on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like user preference.  Therefore, when we refer to “you” in this section we mean your computer.

This Cookie Policy sets out how we use any information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, when you use this website.  By using the site, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them.

In order for the site to work properly we need to collect some information.  Below are the details of the cookies and what they are used for, there is also information about how you can control them.

Cookies come in many forms.  We have set out below the main types and categories of cookies that are used.  This section refers to all types and categories of cookies and not just those we use on our website.

When someone visits the website, we collect standard internet log information.  This information is anonymous and is not combined with any other information that you may submit on the site.

First and third party cookies

Whether a cookie is a first party, or third party refers to the domain placing the cookie.  First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user, the website displayed in the URL window e.g.

Third party cookies are cookies that are set out be a domain other than that of the website being visited by the user.  If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.

Persistent Cookies

These cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie.  They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie. 

Session Cookies

These cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session.  A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window.  Session cookies are created temporarily.  Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted. 

What do we use cookies for?

Cookies fall into one or more of the categories set out below.  This website uses cookies that fall into all the categories.  Also we use data from targeting cookies placed on your computer by third parties when you have visited other websites.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for. 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.  Without these cookies certain services you have asked for cannot be provided e.g. the ASP.NET_SessionID cookie.  This is deleted when the browser is closed.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information on the pages visited. These cookies collect information about how users use a website, for instance which page users go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages.  These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor.  All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.  They are only used to improve how the website works.

Functional cookies

These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience. These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features.  The AddThis cookie provides ‘Share this page’ functionality, where a user can email a link from a report to their friends.  They may also be used to help provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commencing on a blog.  The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity to other websites.  

Targeting cookies or advertising cookies

These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests.  They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.  They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission.  They remember that you have visited website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers.  Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer or device, please refer to the instructions for your file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies.  If you want to stop cookies being stored on your computer in future, please refer to your browser manufacturer’s instructions by clicking “Help” in your browser menu.  Further information on cookies is available at or you can access additional information at  By deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies may not be able to access certain areas or features of our website.


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This Cookie Policy forms part of our overall Privacy Statement.