Cookie policy

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer, smartphone, tablet or smart TV’s when you access a website. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, by allowing the website to recognise your device and store information about past actions or preferences. An example could be an internet e-mail account, where your device may recognise and populate certain previously entered login details. Find out more at

The Trust’s website uses cookies in order to provide a better service and experience to the citizens of Birmingham and other website users.

Here are the cookies we use:

  • session cookies which are short-term and auto-delete after a few minutes or when you close your browser; and
  • persistent cookies set by the website and stored for a longer period of time, usually used to store commonly entered information on forms (such as your name, address, and telephone number). They can also store information about your browsing habits across multiple sites, usually used to allow advertisers and social network site operators to target advertising at you.
  • Analytics cookies are set by companies (we use Google) who give us tracking data so that we can improve the way our websites work, and count the number of visitors or gauge the popularity of a particular feature. These cookies do not collect personal information; they allocate a number to identify each individual user and the user's navigation route through the site is recorded against that number.

Our cookies

Category: Analytics

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website and help us create a more useful and easy to use site. The data collected is completely anonymous and does not store any personal details. The information, collected by Google through the use of the cookie, is used to analyse how visitors make use of the website and allows us to gather statistical information such as website activity, visitor numbers, popular pages and customer journey through the website.

Cookies placed on your computer by other sites may be used to make site content and advertising more relevant to you.

If you would like to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics you can use the opt-out tool at:

Cookie list
Cookie name What Why
_gat_gtag_[property_id] Google Analytics Property ID Which Google analytics property should track metrics. It has a 10 minute expiry
_ga Google Analytics ID Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the web site. _ga has a 2 year expiry.
_gid Google analytics user ID Registers a unique ID that tracks users across sessions and has a 24 hour expiry.

Category: Session

Cookie name What Why
m6jA1MEzDRPHIVj5 session cookie. Session cookies do not collect information from the user’s computer but store session information. This is used to maintain the front end user's session, facilitating accessibility settings, form progress, etc.
#TST session cookie. Used to test whether the browser can accept cookies.

Changing your cookie settings

You can change your computer settings at any time. How you do this depends on your web browser. Find out more at