What are cookies?
Without cookies enabled we can’t guarantee that the website and your experience of it are as we intended it to be. None of the cookies we use collect your personal information and they can’t be used to identify you.
There are a few different types of cookies:
- Persistent cookies are used to retain user preferences, relating to a particular website you visit. This can be things like whether you want to be logged in automatically when you visit the website, or whether you’ve already been asked to take part in a survey for example. Persistent cookies exist on your machine for a pre-set length of time.
- Session cookies are used to retain information during a particular time you’ve used a website; this can be things like storing the contents of your shopping basket on an e-commerce site. They are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
- Third-party cookies are used by advertisers and social networks to learn about your browsing habits to help deliver relevant advertising and content to you. This, for example means you could be more likely to see adverts for shops you already shop at.
What cookies do we use on our site?
On our Website we use Persistent and Session cookies. Due to the social media buttons you’ll find on our articles and the advertising we use to support the site, you may also receive
Third-party cookies while using the Website.
You may refuse to accept cookies by unchecking the tick box.
Our Website does not store any personal identifiable or sensitive information in its cookie such as names, addresses, email addresses or telephone numbers.
The cookies we use
What cookies do we use and why?
Cookie name: catACCCoookies
Purpose: This is a persistent cookie that is set by the UK cookie consent plugin, which records your acceptance to the site using cookies.
Cookie name: _ga & _gid
Purpose: This persistent cookie enables the function of Google analytics which is used to identify unique users
Cookie name: _gat
Purpose: This persistent cookie is another function of Google analytics which is used to throttle the request rate, limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.
Cookie name: wordpress_logged_in & wordpress_sec
Purpose: These are WordPress cookies and are only active when you log into the website, they are used to identify who has logged in.
Third party cookies
Some third party cookies may be set on your computer by social media websites and advertising networks. These are used to better understand your interests so that they can market more relevant content to you at another time, in much the same way a supermarket loyalty card analyses your shopping bill and will market relevant discount offers to you based on the products you bought. This is called Behavioural Advertising.
If you would like more information about behavioural advertising and how it affects your privacy or choose to opt-in or out of a variety of different ad networks on this page.
How do I control my cookies?
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies and many websites will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our Website for these reasons.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings, and check the following links for more browser-specific information.
By continuing to use our site, you agree to the placement of cookies on your device. If you choose not to receive our cookies, we cannot guarantee that your experience will be as fulfilling as it would otherwise be.