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The Apply for a Blue Badge website puts small files onto your computer. These are known as cookies.

Cookies are used to:

  • remember settings and information that you've entered so that you don't have to keep entering them again
  • measure how you use the website so that we can make sure it meets your needs

Cookies are used to make the website work better for you. They aren't used to identify you personally.

To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit

How we use cookies

Keeping you signed in

Name Purpose Expires
JSESSIONID A number that tracks your current connection When you close your browser

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use this website. We do this to make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about:

  • the pages you visit and how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you are visiting the site

We don't collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information can't be used to identify who you are.

The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:

Name Purpose Expires
_ga A randomly generated number that determines the number of unique visitors to the website 2 years
_utma Determines the number of unique visitors to the site 2 years
_utmb This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our site 30 minutes
_utmc This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser When you close your browser
_utmz This provides information about how you reached the site (for example, from another website or a search engine) 6 months

You can   opt out of Google Analytics cookies on the Google website.

Our introductory message

When you first visit this website you may see a pop-up welcome message. We'll store a cookie so that your computer knows you've seen the message and knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message 28 days