How we use website cookies

A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile phone or device (referred to here as a "device") browser from a website's computer and is stored on your device's hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your preferences allow it. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to track online traffic flows.

When you visit, the pages you see, along with a cookie, are downloaded to your device. Many websites do this, because cookies enable website managers to do useful things like find out whether the device (and probably its user) has accessed the website before. This is done on a repeat visit by checking to see, and finding, the cookie left there on the last visit.

1) Make this my ward:

When a user clicks on "Make this my ward" they are able to save the current ward they're in (and optionally provide their email address). The person is issued a cookie with a unique id, which is used to look up and display "their ward" when they return to the site in the future or move between website pages. This information is not used for any other purpose and is not shared. This information will be securely deleted on November 30, 2022.

2) Google Analytics uses Google Analytics to gain insight into the way the website is used - what content is most popular, what times of day people visit the site, what types of computers/web browsers visitors are using, etc. Your searches remain confidential and anonymous. The project team only uses this information for evaluation purposes, to find out which pages users find most useful. This information helps us make better design decisions for the website.

The data retrieved from Google Analytics is aggregated and anonymous; we are not able to connect it with any individual user.

For users who prefer to disable Google Analytics tracking, Google provides a browser add-on that automatically prevents any usage information from being sent to Google Analytics. The link to this add-on is provided below.

Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

For more information on Google Analytics, please review their privacy overview.

If you feel uncomfortable with our use of cookies, please feel free to change your browser settings as it will not affect the function of the website.