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- Find out how people are using the site
We encourage you to accept the cookies our website uses as some are needed for the site to work for you. And they also help us to improve the services the site and the Council provides you with.
What are cookies?
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Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It contains anonymous information such as a unique identifier, the site name and some digits and numbers.
Information about your visit to our site is collected in a such a way that no-one is personally identified. And we do not associate any data gathered from the site by cookies with any information that identifies you from any source.
Controlling and deleting cookies
Websites linked to from this site
- More information about cookies is available on www.aboutcookies.org.
- Guidance on the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) can be found on the Information Commissioner's Office website
|Name of system||Cookie name||What is the cookie used for?||How long does the cookie persist for?|
|Google Analytics||_ga||Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This to ensure that the website is available when you want it and fast.||Two years|
|Cookies allowed||cookie-agreed-en||Stores the user’s response as to whether non-essential domain-specific cookies can be used.||Three months|
|Essential for storing joint information to enable cross-site login (SSO) between Community site and main Hub site.||One hour
|Performance improvements||authcache||Essential cookie used to improve caching performance for unauthenticated and authenticated users||One month|
|Account login||SESS_random_strin||Used to identify your user session||One month|
|Allowing easy integration with numerous social networks, including Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.||One day
|Web tracking used by ShareThis. If using ShareThis, there is no way to opt out of ShareThis tracking.||Two years
|Integration with the Google+ APIs sets various session cookies on the .google.com domain. These are used to transfer login and user information between different Google sites.||6 months