The SPCC uses cookies to track how visitors use the site, in order to improve the user's experience.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by the websites that you visit.

Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work more efficiently, and/or enhance the user experience, as well as providing information to the owners of the site (i.e. for making customer-focused improvements to the site).

Government Digital Services have created a video which may be helpful to explain why we use cookies.

We use third party GoogleAd 'double click' cookies, which give us information on the overall demographics of the customers using our website. This too is to help us better understand our user base to improve the overall site experience.

We may also use cookies in order to customize this site for return visitors. These cookies are not required for site functionality.

Additionally, third-party widgets such as YouTube or Flickr may install cookies depending on their configuration. You are not required to accept any cookies to use this site.

Current list of cookies

Type Name of Cookie  Purpose  First or Third party Expires within 
Targeting _ga, _gat_, _gid, _utma Google Analytics tracking  Third party (Google) 3 years 
Session  _drip_client_[random number] Session tracking  First party (SPCC) 1 year 
Consent   cookieAgree Agreement to use cookies on our site  First party (SPCC) 1 year

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We do not collect personal information through cookies

Any information we collect via cookies is used anonymously, simply to improve our online services and enhance your experience of our websites. We will not use the information to identify individuals or share it with anyone else.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your computer or mobile device, and how to manage and delete them, visit

Google Analytics cookies

We use a tool called "Google Analytics" to collect information about use of this site.

Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site.

We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site.

Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information.

We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information.

Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google.

Google's ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use (as amended for government websites (.pdf)) and the Google Privacy Policy.

You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.

To ensure this cookie is not placed on your computer, you will need to disable cookies directly within your browser.

Blocking cookies from this service will not stop you using our website, but we will be unable to capture information about your experience online and make improvements.