A cookie is a small file that is downloaded onto your device when you visit a website, which means the website can recognise your device if you return to it.

Cookies are used to:

  • recognise your device, so you don’t have to give the same information several times during the same online task
  • measure how you use the site, so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • provide data to help understand how a website and its services are used

Cookies can't be used to identify you as an individual.

How cookies are used on this site

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies are needed to ensure our website works properly. We don’t need to ask permission to use these. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site might not work.

Necessary cookies from this website
Name Purpose Expires
lcc-cookie-policy Saves your cookie consent settings 3 months
lcc-cookie-policy-categories Saves your cookie consent settings 3 months
lcc-cookie-policy-version Saves your cookie consent settings 3 months

Analytics cookies (optional)

Analytics cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources, so that we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. If you don’t allow these cookies, we won’t know when you have visited our site, and won’t be able to monitor its performance.

Google signals

This site uses Google signals. This helps us to better understand how you use our site on different devices and your demographics and interests, if you’re logged into your Google account and have accepted advertising personalisation.

All Google Analytics data is aggregated and anonymised. It is retained within Google Analytics for a maximum of 24 months.

Google Analytics cookies from this website
Name Purpose Expires
_ga Used to distinguish users on a domain 1 year
_ga_616BF81MCQ Used to persist session state 1 year
_gid Used to distinguish users 24 hours
_gat Used to reduce the number of user requests

1 minute

_gcl_au This cookie is used by Google Analytics to understand user interaction with the website 3 months

Marketing and third-party cookies (optional)

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third-party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you don’t allow these cookies, then some or all of these services may not function properly.

Marketing cookies

Facebook (Meta)

Facebook (Meta) Pixel helps us with measuring how effective our Facebook (Meta) adverts are. We’re then able to use this information to improve our marketing. Using Facebook (Meta) Pixel doesn't allow us to identify any individuals. You can read more about Facebook (Meta) cookies and managing your advert preferences.

Marketing cookies from this website
Name Purpose Expires
_fbp Helps to store and track visits across websites. When the Facebook pixel is installed on a website, and the pixel uses first-party cookies, the pixel automatically saves a unique identifier to an _fbp cookie for the website domain if one does not already exist.  3 months

Third-party cookies

We embed media such as YouTube videos on some of our pages. The suppliers of these services may also set cookies on your device when you visit the pages where we have used this type of content. These are known as third-party cookies. We have no control over third-party cookies.

You can read the third-party websites' cookie policies for more information about the cookies they collect:

Giving permission to collect Analytics and/or Marketing optional cookies

Turn on the Analytics and/or Marketing cookies on the cookie banner to give us permission to store those cookies on your device.

You can change your cookie settings in your browser. For instructions, check the support website for your browser.

Further reading

Cookies and similar technologies | Information Commissioner's Office

Privacy policy


Cookie policy updated on 2 August 2023