When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Like most websites we use 'cookies' to collect anonymous statistics about how our users use this site. Cookies 'remember' bits of information from your visit. A cookie is a simple text file that's stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server can retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser, this means if we put a cookie on your device it can't be read by any other website and it cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through:
- Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
- Tracking your progress through an eform while you fill it out, to ensure that you don't lose any details you have entered so far.
- Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.
You can manage Cookies yourself and learn more about them through Internet browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them on the DirectGov website. Please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.
You can change your computer settings at any time to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies. How you do this depends on which browser you use, instructions for blocking Cookies using browser settings can be found at 'How to control cookies' on the AboutCookies.org website.