Cookies are small data files that we place on your computer. They improve your experience by:
- remembering settings and information (like the names of health or social care services you’ve searched for) so you don’t have to keep re-entering them.
- measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs.
Cookies do not identify you personally.
Types of cookies and how we use them
First Party Cookies
First party cookies are our own. We control them and use them to provide information about the way you use our website.
At the top of every page, there is an option to change the page style to help people view the site more easily. This gives our site better web accessibility. The text size cookie remembers the user’s chosen settings.
At the top of every page, there is an option to change the size of the text on the website. This gives our site better web accessibility. The page style cookie remembers the user’s page style settings.
Third Party Cookies
Third party cookies are set by other websites. We use their online tools to make our website work better for you.
Measuring website usage through Google analytics
We use Google Analytics to view statistics on the way you use our website. We can check:
- how many people have visited our website and the webpages they view.
- how many times documents (such as inspection reports) have been downloaded.
- the number of keyword searches.
We use the following third party cookies set by Google Analytics.
This cookie generates the number of unique visits to our website. It expires after two years.
This cookie generates a number of user sessions. It expires after 30 minutes.
This cookie works with the _utmb cookie to generate a number of user sessions. It expires after 30 minutes.
This cookie records the way you reach our website. It expires after six months.
Managing the cookies on your computer
You can restrict or block cookies set by our website and others by changing the settings in your browser. Doing this however, may impact the way our website works for you in the future.
Visit About cookies to find out more about restricting or blocking cookies in different browsers.
You can also learn more about cookies at DirectGov.