Information about how and why we use cookies on our websites and how you can manage them.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used so that websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the website. The tables below explain the cookies we use and why.

Cookies we use on our website

Necessary cookies

Content management system:

Name of cookie What it does

ASPASPSESSIONIDAGASSSDS

This cookie is essential to be able to use our website. It is created as soon as you visit our website, and stores a unique identifier for your session. This cookie is stored in temporary memory and is erased when you close your web browser.

UMB-XSRF-TOKEN,
UMB-XSRF-V,
UMB_UCONTEXT,
UMB_UCONTEXT_C,
UMB_UPDCHK

These cookies are essential for our site, but are only seen by site administrators whilst accessing the website content management system (CMS). They are used in maintaining the session state of the logged in user.

ARRAffinity,
ARRAffinitySameSite

This cookie pairs a client request to a specific server. However, Azure Web Apps is a stateless platform and, in an environment, where we are scaling the Website across multiple instances, the ARR Affinity cookie will be bound to a specific server. In case, the server is no longer in rotation, then all the requests corresponding to the ARR Affinity cookie will fail.

Cookie preferences:

Name of cookie What it does
CookieControl Used to remember your choice about which type of cookies we set for our website.

Council tax account application:

Name of cookie What it does
.AspNet.ApplicationCookie,

HASH_.AspNet.ApplicationCookie
Used to keep track of your session on the server.
Used to keep track of your session on the server.
__RequestVerificationToken,

HASH__RequestVerificationToken
Helps us increase the security of the application in case of cross-site request forgery attacks.

Analytics cookies

Statistics (Google Analytics):

Name of cookie What it does

_ga
_gali
_gat
_gid

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone.

How to change the cookies you accept

If you would like to change your settings for any of these cookies, please select our cookie control icon on this web page.

Blocking cookies

We do not recommend that you block or delete cookies from our website as parts of our websites may not work properly, and you may find them more difficult to use.

However, most web browsers allow you to block, manage or delete cookies through the browser settings. To find out how to do this, visit the Information Commissioner's Office - Cookies or use your browser's 'Help' section.


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