Greater Manchester agencies working in partnership
Greater Manchester agencies working in partnership

Cookie policy

What is a cookie?

Cookies are simple text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie will contain anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.

Most websites you visit will use cookies to improve your user experience by enabling that website to 'remember' you, either for the duration of your visit (using a 'session cookie') or for repeat visits (using a 'persistent cookie'). Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user's device when the browser is closed. Persistent Cookies are saved on your computer for a fixed period and are not deleted when the browser is closed. These are usually used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session for example to store your preferences so they're remembered for your next visit.

Cookies we use

Detailed information about the cookies we use:

  • Google Analytics cookies – Google analytics cookies are used as part of Google analytics statistics service. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site and provide content relevant to its users. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. The Google cookies track the time spent on various pages (but gather no personal information from our database or session) and expire after 24 months. Further information on Google Analytics cookies can be found at: Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites
  • From time to time some pages may contain multimedia content (for example YouTube videos) or social media (for example Twitter feeds) added by the organisation who add the content to this portal. The sites providing the multimedia or social media content do not have access to any of your personal information by using this site.

Blocking cookies

If you don't want to receive cookies, you can change the settings in your browser so it notifies you when cookies are sent to it and can refuse them. You can also delete cookies that have already been set - the Help function in your browser should tell you how.

Further information on controlling cookies is available at Aboutcookies.org

Blocking Google Analytics

Some modern browsers make it possible to block the Google Analytics cookie from collecting data. This is done by installing an add-on to your browser. Browsers that offer this are Internet Explorer v8 to v11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera. 

Please note: If you choose to disable cookies you will lose some features and functionality on the council's website.​​