Cookies used by Cumbria County council

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files of letters and numbers downloaded on to a device when you access certain websites. Cookies allow some of our websites to recognise a user's device and provide content accordingly.

The law which applies to how cookies are used for storing information on your equipment (such as your computer or mobile device) has changed. We have provided you with information about how our site uses cookies, and how to disable them if you wish.

To make it clearer for you, we've divided how we use cookies into four different categories:

Setting-based - this type of cookie is used to remember a setting or preference, such as a colour or the size of text on a page.

Feature-based - this type of cookie is used to remember information about a feature on a page, such as the fact that you've watched a video clip or listened to an audio file previously.

Function-based - this type of cookie is used to remember information about how you use a website, and provide analytical information to site administrators.

Third-party - this type of cookie is created by a third-party, and can also fall under the categories of 'Setting', 'Feature' and 'Functional'. Where third-party cookies are present on our sites, we will attempt to be as upfront and clear as possible about their intended purpose.

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To change your preferences for this site please re-enable cookies in your browser settings

How to set your cookie preferences

Choose which cookies you wish to allow from the list below then use the "Save my settings" button to confirm:

Facebook cookies

Category:Feature-based, Third-party

What the purpose is:Webpages on the site occasionally include embedded Facebook feeds. Where this occurs, Facebook can drop cookies to collect analytical information.

How to block:To ensure these cookies are not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browser

What would happen:Blocking Facebook cookies may prevent some feeds from being displayed.

Google analytics cookies

Category:Function-based, Third-party

What the purpose is:Analytical information is captured in some areas of the main site, to help us improve services and better understand user requirements. This information is captured through a free service provided by Google (Google Analytics), using multiple cookies.

How to block:Google analytics cookies can be blocked in a number of ways. Google offers an opt-out browser add-on for most modern web browsers, or cookies can be disabled directly within your browser

What would happen:Blocking Google Analytics cookies will provide no reduced service to you, but we will be unable to capture detailed information about your experience online.

Govdelivery cookies

Category:Feature-based, Function-based, Third-party

What the purpose is:An email subscription service, called GovDelivery, is used by us to provide targeted information to subscribers.

How to block:To ensure this cookie is not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browser

What would happen:Blocking cookies from this service will prevent the email subscription facility being made available on the web page.

Govmetric cookies

Category:Feature-based, Function-based, Third-party

What the purpose is:A service, called GovMetric, is used by us to obtain feedback about your experience of our website. The GovMetric service places a cookie on your device from govmetric.com, whenever you rate a page on our website. If the cookie is set to expire at midnight on the day it is created, and it contains a set of values, one for each page rating you have made. These values are identification numbers which link back to a central database (maintained by Govmetric) giving us details of your rating and additional analytical information.

How to block:To ensure this cookie is not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browser

What would happen:Blocking cookies from this service will provide no reduced service to you, but we may occasionally be unable to determine if additional feedback has been provided in error.

Siteimprove analytics cookies

Category:Function-based, Third-party

What the purpose is:Analytical information is captured in some areas of the main site, to help us improve services and better understand user requirements. This information is captured through a service provided by Siteimprove, using multiple cookies.

How to block:Siteimprove analytics cookies can be disabled directly within your browser

What would happen:Blocking Siteimprove analytics cookies will provide no reduced service to you, but we will be unable to capture detailed information about your experience to improve our services.

SOCITM survey cookies

Category:Feature-based, Function-based, Third-party

What the purpose is:A sitewide survey service provided by SOCITM, is used by us to obtain feedback about your experience of our website. The service uses cookies to determine whether a customer has previously completed a survey on our website or has declined to take part. The use of a cookie prevents the same customer using the same user account on the same computer from being asked to participate in the survey again during the current survey year. Cookies are set to expire one year after their creation.

How to block:To ensure this cookie is not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browser

What would happen:If you clear your cookies, either manually or automatically at the end of visiting our site, you may be invited to participate in the survey again the next time you return to our website. In addition, if you visit our website from a different system or using a different user name then you may be invited to participate in the survey again. If you have cookies turned off by default, the service will never invite you to participate in the survey.

YouTube cookies

Category:Feature-based, Third-party

What the purpose is:Webpages on the site occasionally include embedded YouTube videos. Where this occurs, YouTube can drop standard, and flash-based, cookies to collect analytical information.

How to block:To ensure these cookies are not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browser

What would happen:Blocking YouTube cookies may prevent some videos from playing properly.

Twitter cookies

Category:Feature-based, Third-party

What the purpose is:Webpages on the site occasionally include embedded Twitter feeds. Where this occurs, Twitter can drop cookies to collect analytical information.

How to block:To ensure these cookies are not downloaded, we recommend that you disable cookies directly within your browser

What would happen:Blocking Twitter cookies may prevent some feeds from being displayed.

We will store your personal preferences in cookies of our own. These cookies will expire after 7 days.

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