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Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

Find out more about how to manage cookies

How cookies are used

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements, e.g. improving site search.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit on
  • how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site
  • we don’t collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information can’t be used to identify who you are

We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics





This helps us count how many people visit by tracking if you’ve visited before

2 years


Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made

10 minutes

Google Analytics





Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to or to a certain page

2 years


This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on

30 minutes


This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser

When you close your browser


This tells us how you reached (e.g. from another website or a search engine)

6 months

General Teenwirral Cookies





Used to indicate whether or not your browser has JavaScriupt enabled

When you close your browser