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Privacy statement

This privacy statement covers and any other websites processed by or on behalf of West Suffolk councils, Forest Heath District Council or St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

When you use these websites you are agreeing to this statement and any additional statements on individual pages within the websites.

Your privacy is important. Any personal information you give us is only used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. For more information visit: How we use your information. For more information about data protection visit:

If you provide any personal information in order to use a service on this website, it will only be used for the reasons given on the page or shared with partner organisations that we use to help deliver that service. It will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

The Audit commission requires us to take part in data matching exercises to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. More information: Cabinet Office - National Fraud Initiative.

We aim to have a secure website, and use security technology to protect any sensitive personal data we process about you. But your use of the internet, and this website, is entirely at your own risk. We have no responsibility or liability for the security of personal information transmitted over the internet. Please be aware that emails sent through the internet may not be secure so please consider this before you send personal or sensitive data.


We use cookies to collect anonymous statistics about how people use our website to help us maintain and improve the website. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website server. It can only be read by that server and can be used to measure how people use the website. It cannot be used to identify you personally.

Cookies we use

We use Google Analytics and Site Improve to collect information about how people use the website. These statistics are used to understand how people use our website and how we can make improvements so it continues to meet our users needs. the analytics tools record information about which pages you visit, how long you are on the website, and how you got there. We do not store any personal information and cannot be used to identify who you are.

Google analytics cookies Expires Domain
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Siteimprove - analytics cookies Expires Domain
nmstat Persistent – expires after 1000 days
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YouTube cookies Expires Domain
HSID 20 years
LOGIN_INFO 20 years
PREF 20 years
SID 20 years
SSID 20 years
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We use YouTube to embed video on our website. YouTube inserts these cookies for keeping track of visitors, user preferences and collecting statistics about views. They can't be used to identify you. See Google privacy policy for information.

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