It is a very small text file that is placed on your hard drive while you browse this website.
A cookie file is completely safe and does not store personal or confidential information.
Cookies allow us to remember actions that you have performed on the site, your preferences and the pages you have visited.
It also tells the site that you have returned.
The benefits of this are:
You can browse the site faster and more easily.
For example, without cookies the site would not allow you to log in.
We can understand how you use our website, e.g. the pages you visit and the links you click.
This tells us what you’re interested in and helps us improve the site.
Parts of this website rely on cookies to work properly.
However if you do so, parts of this website may not function properly.
Internal cookies only last for the duration of your visit (your 'session').
They allow us to identify that you are moving from page to page.
This means we can, for example, keep you logged in as you browse the site.
External and third party cookies allow you to connect with third party websites, such as Facebook and Twitter while you browse the site, so you can share content that you find interesting via your social networks.
They also enable us to use Google Analytics to track which pages you visit and ensure we produce content you’re interested in.