Cookie Policy

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers

Cookies

To enable us to provide you with the best possible experience of our site and services we may obtain information about your general Internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. Some of the cookies we use are essential for the site to operate.

If you continue to use our site, you agree to our use of the disclosed cookie file.

Cookies are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Google Analytics

Google analytics Cookie Policy

analytics.js

Cookie NameExpiration TimeDescription
_ga2 yearsUsed to distinguish users.
_gid24 hoursUsed to distinguish users.
_gat1 minuteUsed to throttle request rate.
AMP_TOKEN30 seconds to 1 yearContains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.
_gac_<property-id>90 daysContains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.

 

ga.js

Cookie NameExpiration TimeDescription
__utma2 years from set/updateUsed to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics
__utmt10 minutesUsed to throttle request rate.
__utmb30 mins from set/updateUsed to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmcEnd of browser sessionNot used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz6 months from set/updateStores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmv2 years from set/updateUsed to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.

WordPress

WordPress Cookie Policy

Logins

Cookie NameExpiration TimeDescription
wordpress_[hash]End of browser sessionOn login, wordpress uses the wordpress_[hash] cookie to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/
wordpress_logged_in_[hash]End of browser sessionAfter login, wordpress sets the wordpress_logged_in_[hash] cookie, which indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use.
wp-settings-{time}-[UID]1 yearWordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
wp-settings-[UID]1 yearThe number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table.This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
wordpress_test_cookieEnd of browser sessionWordPress sets this cookie when you navigate to the login page. The cookie is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies.
wordpress_logged_in_[hash]End of browser sessionWordPress uses this cookie to indicate when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use.

Google

Google Tools

Google tools / apis such as google maps / Youtube / Google Docs / Advertising

Youtube embed Information

Google’s Cookie information

Cookie NameExpiration TimeDescription
NID6 monthsGoogle uses cookies like NID and SID to help customize ads on Google properties, like Google Search.
SID & HSID1 yearcontain digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google account ID and most recent sign-in time. The combination of these two cookies allows us to block many types of attack, such as attempts to steal the content of forms that you complete on web pages.
lbcs1 yearMakes it possible for Google Docs to open many Docs in one browser. Blocking this cookie would prevent Google Docs from operating correctly.
PREF2 yearsThese cookies allow google to remember information that changes the way the site behaves or looks, such as your preferred language or the region you are in.
AdvertisingGoogle uses a collection of cookies to collect advertising data more about this can be found here (https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/)

Twitter

Twitter’s Privacy policy

Cookie NameExpiration TimeDescription
pid, guest_id, k, js2 yearsThese cookies are created by Twitter. In this case they are present because a Twitter widget or button is being used.

 

Site specific www.specialised-commissioning.co.uk

Cookie NameExpiration TimeDescription
article_count_#1 monthCounts the read articles.
ASPSESSIONID#SessionPreserves users states across page requests.
catAccCookies29 daysDetermines whether the visitor has accepted the cookie consent box. This ensures that the cookie consent box will not be presented again upon re-entry.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our site.