Our use of cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally. These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with govt services so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies – what they are and how to manage them.

Learn how to remove cookies set on your device.

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using cutting-red-tape.cabinetoffice.gov.uk:

First party cookies: these are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

Third party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.
First party cookies
Provider Name Purpose More info
Amazon AWSELB Allows load balancer routing the same client to the same application server Expires after 15 minutes
Third party cookies

We use a number of suppliers who may also set cookies on their websites’ on its behalf. The Cutting Red Tape  website does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Provider Name Purpose More info
Google Analytics _utma _utmb _utmc _utmz 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. 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. Google Privacy policy
WordPress wp-settings-1 wp-settings-time-1 wordpress_test_cookie comment_author comment_author_email comment_author_url These cookies are required by WordPress. Cookies beginning with “comment_author_….” are only stored if you make a comment on the site. They store your name, email and website so you don’t need to re-input each time you make a comment on the site.
Twitter K Displays twitter conversations on the site Privacy policy