By using our site you are allowing us to store these cookies, and below you can find out why we use them and find information on how you can disable them.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.
A cookie typically contains the name of the website it belongs to and the lifespan of the cookie.
What cookies do we use?
Measuring website usage
Our website uses Google Analytics so that we can measure what pages on our website are being used and by how many people. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.
We never store any personal data such as your name or address so the information we collect can never be used to identify you. Google does not share your analytics information with anyone else.
The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:
|_utmc||When you close your browser|
Our website uses Hotjar so we can better understand user experience. It allows us to see how long people spend on the website, what pages users visit, what links they click and what forms they fill in. All data is anonymised so this information can not be used to identify you. Occasionally we will also run simple polls using Hotjar to understand if people liked our website or particular pages.
The following cookies are set by Hotjar:
We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||After eight months|
|remote_sid||When you close your browser|
|VSC||When you close your browser|
|PREF||After eight months|
Session cookies are used for remembering user selections during their visit to your site. A typical scenario may be to remember information entered in a form when navigating to different pages. This cookie expires when you close your browser.
|csession||When you close your browser|
|ASP.Net_SessionId||When you close your browser|
Postcode setting cookie
When you use 'My Gateshead' and save your postcode we save cookie to your computer so you don't have to enter your postcode again the next time that you visit.
When you use the 'Family Information Services Directory' we save a cookie to your computer to remember your language settings (English).
|PELanguage Cookie||1 Day|
How to disable/delete cookies
All recent versions of popular browsers give users some control over cookies. You can set your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies or accept/reject cookies for certain websites.
The website aboutcookies.org offers comprehensive information on how you can control cookies in all of the popular browsers