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Which cookies do we use on this site and why?

The table below sets out the main cookies that we use on this site and what we use them for.

Type of cookie Cookie name Expiry Purpose
Site performance Google Analytics _ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gid 24 hours
_gat_gtag_UA_[property ID] 1 minute Used to throttle request rate with Google Analytics.
CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic _cfduid 5 years Speeds up page load times.
Cookies consent cookieconsent_status dismiss Used to consent visitors to the use of cookies on the site.
Enables social sharing features uvc 1 day cookie is used to provide the social sharing functionality.
euconsent 13 months cookie blocks third party cookies if content is shared across social media platforms.

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