Cookies policy

12th Aug 2020

We use cookies across our websites, including this one, to improve their performance and therefore your experience of them.

This Cookies Policy applies to the website (the "Site") which is run by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (“JRF”), a company limited by guarantee (12132713) and a registered charity (Scotland: SC049712; England and Wales: 1184957).

Our trading address is: The Homestead, 40 Water End, York, YO30 6WP.

This Cookies Policy (the “Policy”) explains how we use cookies and other similar technologies to collect information about the way website users visit the Site. We use cookies across our websites, including this Site, to improve their performance and therefore your experience of them. By accessing the Site, you are agreeing to the terms of this Policy. We may update this Policy from time to time and will post any changes on this page

Cookies – what they are, how they work and why we use them

Cookies are small text files of letters and numbers 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. Our cookies are small files containing a unique reference number. They are created by our Site and sent to your computer's browser (and subsequently stored on your computer). They take virtually no space up and are there so that our Site can tell that you're the website user as you move from page to page. These files are either stored in the memory of your computer or other device such as mobile phones or tablet devices.

Cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not, they also help us to resolve problems if things go wrong and understand how users use the Site and improve your experience of using our the Site.

The following categories of cookies are used on the Site:

  • Strictly Necessary: these cookies are strictly necessary for the Site to work properly. They are needed to allow you to move around the Site and use our features.
  • Performance/Analytical: these cookies allow us to collect certain information about how you navigate the Site. They help us to understand which parts of our Site are interesting to you and which are not as well as what we can do to improve them.

Our use of cookies is fully compliant with all United Kingdom data protection and data privacy regulations.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Strictly Necessary cookies are essential in order for us to enable you to move around the Site and use it's features. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes. These cookies are first party cookies and originate from our own servers.

Name Purpose
has_js This cookie is used by the website CMS to see if your web browser can support JavaScript, and is removed from your computer when you close your web browser.
Session A session cookie which is used by the website CMS to see if you are logged in to the site. It does not contain any personal information. It will have a name similar to 'SESSb7ae…'.
Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight This cookie is used by the website CMS to to store user interface preferences. It is set when you use pages where information appears in tabbed format.
Drupal.visitor.mbp.current_folder This cookie is used by the website CMS to to store user interface preferences. It is used to store the current folder that a website admin has open for a module called Media Browser Plus.
cookie-agreed This cookie is is used by the website CMS to remember if the cookie message has been displayed yet.

Performance Cookies

Performance cookies collect information about how you use the Site. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes. The information is used to help us improve how our website works and understand what interest our users.

Name Owner Purpose
_ga Google

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.

Read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data.

You may reject or delete Google Analytics cookies by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

_gi Google
_gat Google
nmstat Siteimprove Used by Siteimprove to collect statistics about site usage. This information is then used to improve the user experience on this website.
__atuvc, __atuvs AddThis This cookie is set by the social media sharing service AddThis. AddThis allows you to share content via social networking websites and email.
__cfduid CloudFlare This cookie is set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic. It does not correspond to any user id in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information.

Further Information on Google Analytics cookies

As mentioned in the table above, when someone visits the Site we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the Site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our Site. Currently, we do not collect any personal information through this Site. If that changes, we would make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it. However, to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics visit

Please note that JRF has no control over how Google use the data they collect via cookies.

Controlling Cookies

You can control the use and placing of any cookies via the new cookies banner. Our banner will appear on your screen if you are a new visitor to the site and are yet to set your cookies preferences. If you wish to re-visit your preferences, simply press the banner's cog icon in the bottom left hand corner.

To set your cookies preferences for analytics and social simply press the on or off toggle.

Useful information about controlling cookies can be found at