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Our service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on our service

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use our service. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on our service
  • how long you spend on each page

  • how you got to the site 

  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

We don’t collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are.

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat_gtag_UA_xxxxxxxx Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Our cookies

We use cookies to allow correct functioning of the site

Name Purpose Expires
lpg-ui Keeps track of your session 9 hours
ARRAffinity Keeps track of your session When you close your browser
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you’ve seen our cookie message 1 month

Our surveys

We use various surveys to understand what users think of our site to help us improve it. We use Smart Surveyto collect responses for our surveys. If you take part, Smart Survey will save extra cookies to your computer to track your progress through it.

Name Purpose
_ga, _gat, _gid, ASP.NET_SessionId We use Smart Survey for our surveys. For more information, please see Smart Survey cookie policy for details on the cookies they use and their privacy policy.