Cookies on UKSR

The UKSR puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) on to your computer to collect information about how you browse the site. Find out more about the cookies we use, what they’re for and when they expire

Find out how to manage cookies.

Cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics software (Universal Analytics) to collect anonymised information about how you use GOV.UK. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements to the site and to government digital services.

We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use this site.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • how you got to the site
  • the pages you visit on GOV.UK and how long you spend on them
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site

Google Analytics sets the following cookies.

Cookies relating to our cookies message
Name Purpose Expires
_ga These help us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years
_gid These help us count how many people visit GOV.UK by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours
_gat This randomly generated number is used to reduce the number of requests made 1 minute

You can further opt out of Google Analytics cookies for all websites by visiting this page on Google.

Strictly necessary cookies

These essential cookies do things like remember your progress through a form (for example a licence application)

They always need to be on.

Our cookie message

You'll see a message about cookies when you first visit the UKSR. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

Cookies relating to our cookies message
Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you've seen our cookie message 28 days
cookies_policy Saves your cookie consent settings 1 year
cookies_preferences_set Lets us know that you’ve saved your cookie consent settings 28 days
_csrf This is set to verify that your requests haven’t been tampered with by a malicious third party 24 hours
XSRF-TOKEN This is set to verify that your requests haven’t been tampered with by a malicious third party 24 hours