Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are files saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website. They store information about how you use the website, such as the pages you visit. Cookies are not viruses or computer programmes. They are very small so do not take up much space.

How we use cookies

We use cookies to:

  • make our website work, for example by keeping it secure
  • remember which pop-ups you’ve seen
  • measure how visitors use our website, such as which links they click (or analytics cookies)

Essential cookies

These cookies are essential in helping you to move around our website and to use features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies some services may not function.

These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.

CookiePurpose
CRAFT_CSRF_TOKEN This is a security feature to protect against cross-site request forgery attacks
cookieconsent_​status Determines whether a user has previously opted in to receive non-essential cookies
cap_​userLangPreferenceDetermines if the user has selected English or Welsh in the language toggle (defaults to English).
APISID, SAPISID, HSID, SID, SIDCC, SEARCH_SAMESITE, CONSENT, NID, SNID, SSID, AEC, DV, __Secure-1PAPISID, __Secure-1PSID, __Secure-3PAPISID, __Secure-3PSIDCC, __Secure-3PSID, __Secure-ENIDSet by Google because we use their plugins reCAPTCHA and Google Translate. Only set if you are logged into your Google account (so log out of your account to stop them from being set). Some are used for security and others are used to help customise adverts on Google properties, such as Google Search (you will have agreed to this arrangement as part of signing up for a Google account). More information: policies.google.com
_GRECAPTCHASet by reCAPTCHA for the purpose of providing its risk analysis. More information: developers.google.com/recaptcha/

Change your cookie settings

Some cookies, like those used to measure how you use our website, are not needed for our website to work.

These cookies can help us make our website better, but we’ll only use them if you say it’s OK.

Cookies that measure website use (analytics cookies)

These cookies store information about how you use our website, such as the links you click on. We use them to help make our website better.

Cookie Purpose
_​ga These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website.
_​ga, _gid Set by Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. More information: developers.google.com/analytics
_​hjFirstSeen, _​hjIncludedInSessionSample, _hjSession_[SiteID], _hjSessionUser_[SiteID] Purpose: Set by Hotjar to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. More information: help.hotjar.com
_gat_[AnalyticsID] Set by Google Analytics to throttle the request rate.
_​gaexp Set by Google Analytics to determine a user’s inclusion in an experiment.
_​gcl_​au Set by Google Tag Manager to store and track conversions when an ad is clicked.
gtm_​isp_​lookup Set by Google Tag Manager to help filter out spam bots by ISP.

To find out how we collect, store and use information about you or your visit, see our privacy notice.