Privacy and Cookies


There are forms and applications on’s website that ask for your personal information. Your privacy is important to us and we want to reassure you that we will always behave in a responsible and trustworthy way when dealing with your personal information.

We only ask for your personal details when we need them to provide services. The information you give us is held in databases owned by or an organisation chosen to deliver services on our behalf.

Our forms will normally tell you how your information will be used and we will not share your personal information with other companies, businesses or individuals unless required by law.


This website uses cookies to remember things like which language you have chosen, the order in which you have looked at our web pages or whether you have been to the site before. You can find a list of the cookies we use below.

A ‘cookie’ is a small text file that is written to your computer by the web browser. Our cookies do not contain any personal information; they’re just markers to remember things selected while on the site. There are 2 types of cookies: ‘session’ cookies are only used while you’re on the site and are deleted when the browser is closed; ‘persistent’ cookies are temporarily stored on your computer for a set length of time and can be re-used when you return to the site. You can learn more on websites like this one: or

You can set your web browser to allow, block or prompt you for a decision when cookies are used. In some browsers, you can allow session cookies, even if you want to block other types of cookie. We recommend that you at least have session cookies enabled for this site, so that basic functions, such as your choice of language work properly.

Cookie Type Name Typical Content Expires Purpose
adultlearningconsultation Council Cookie Persistent ccbccookie The letter ‘Y’ if you have chosen to allow cookies 730 days We use this to check if you have chosen to accept cookies on our site as you move between pages and when you return in the future.
Content Management System ASP Session Session ASPSESSIONID(AQRADCAQ)
– the characters within the brackets can vary
Randomly generated code When the browser is closed The Content Management System we use to make our web pages uses this cookie to keep track of your session as you move between pages on the website.
SiteImprove Analytics Persistent nmstat Randomly generated code 1000 days after last visit This cookie is used to help record the visitor’s use of the website. It is used to collect statistics about site usage such as when the visitor last visited the site. This information is then used to improve the user experience on the website.

This Siteimprove Analytics cookie contains a randomly generated ID used to recognise the browser when a visitor reads a page.

The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics.

SiteImprove Analytics Session ASP.NET_SessionId Randomly generated code When the browser is closed This cookie is used purely to track the sequence of pages a visitor looks at during a visit to the site.

This information can be used to reduce user journeys, and enable visitors to find relevant information quicker.

Google Analytics Persistent _utma Randomly generated code After 2 years We use Google Analytics to complement our SiteImprove Analytics tool and make sure our statistics are reliable.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across ALL websites visit

Google Analytics Persistent _utmb Randomly generated code After 30 minutes
Google Analytics Session _utmc Randomly generated code When the browser is closed
Google Analytics Persistent _utmz Randomly generated code After 6 months
Planning Explorer Persistent MVMSession ID Code After 1 day The Planning Explorer system uses this cookie to keep track of the pages and options you have selected.
GoogleMaps and YouTube We have some pages that link to external tools such as Google Maps and YouTube. These tools sit on Google’s web servers and you can find more information on Google’s Privacy Policy here.