Our cookie policy


Like many other organisations, we use cookies on our website to collect information about how people use the site and which pages are the most popular.  This helps us make improvements to the website.

Cookies are small text files sent by us to your computer and from your computer or mobile device to us each time you visit our website. Cookies do not identify the individual user, just the computer used.

We use the following cookies:

  • Google Analytics. A cookie called collect, classified as a “marketing cookie”, enables us to get information about how you use the website.   The cookies send that information (including your IP address) to Google who stores it on servers in the United States.   Google uses that information to evaluate your use of the website and to produce reports on website activity.   Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
  • A cookie called lang , classified as a “preference cookie” enables our website to “remember” information about the way it should look or behave, so, for example, if you have stated a preferred language or regional base, it will remember this.

In addition, our website uses a range of linked software and websites which will employ their own cookies.  You should review those sites’ individual cookie policies.  If you choose to review our report and accounts online, for example, you will be transferred to a website called  Flipsnack which enables you to view them in a “flipping book” format.  Flipsnack employs the following cookies to enable it to do so and you should review its privacy policy for more details:

Statistics cookies:

  • _ga and _gid.  These register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical information about how you use the website.
  • _gat. Used by Google analytics to limit the number of requests that can be made by a user (in order to maintain performance).

Marketing cookies:

  • r/collect collects data to measure efficiency of viewed or clicked ads and shows targeted advertisements.

Unclassified cookies:

  • _asc and _auc are  analytics cookies used to track and report information to the Alexa analytics service
  • _atrk.gif is a pixel tracker.

There is also a direct Twitter feed on the front page of our website.  Twitter will have its own cookies and cookie policy.

You can allow or disallow the use of cookies on your computer/device.   You can block our cookies altogether by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser (visit https://www.aboutcookies.org for more information).  However, please remember that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.