Cookies and privacy

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They 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.

The table below explains the cookies we use on and why.

Cookie Name Purpose More information
Content Management System cookie



These cookies are set by our content management system upon arrival to the website. They are not used for any other purpose.  
Surveys survey_id_last_visited These cookies are set by our surveys and are set only after someone has completed a survey. Their purpose is to detect if a user has already taken the survey.  
 AddThis  __atuvc Used by AddThis in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before their share count cache is updated. This cookie is not sent back to AddThis.  
Google Analytics





These collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where vistors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.  

To delete cookies or reject cookies

We recommend you allow the cookies set by our websites as they help us provide you with a better service.

If you do not want to receive cookies from this website, select cookie settings under the privacy settings in your browser options, then add our domain to the list of websites you do not want to accept cookies from. Under settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored.

You can find more information on how to delete and control cookies at the About Cookies website [].

If you set your browser to refuse cookies, please be aware that some parts of this website will not work properly for you.

Links to other websites

This information does not cover links within this site pointing to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

Giving us feedback

The information you provide when responding to the survey on this site is used to help us to improve our service to you. Each month, we download the data to Microsoft Private Cloud via SharePoint and delete it from the data site. We retain the downloaded data permanently in line with the retention schedule provisions for performance reports which are detailed here. For most respondents no personal information is gathered or stored by the survey or this site. If you choose to leave personal information, for example as part of a free-text response, the legal basis for the SSSC holding this information is consent, which you may withdraw at any time. The exception to the non-gathering of personal information applies only to the small number of data site users who may log into the site.  If you are logged into the site and complete the survey when logged in then the survey will record your name, email address and the local authority you work in, along with your response to the survey.