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You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this site by any third party.
We aim to update our site regularly, and may change the content at any time.
Online government services or transactions
When using GOV.UK you may access an online government service or transaction that is delivered by another government department or agency. Each of these services will have its own terms and conditions or end user licences that apply only to that service. Users of any service should make sure they have read the relevant terms and conditions before completing that transaction.
Linking to and from GOV.UK
We welcome and encourage other websites to link to the information that is hosted on these pages, and you don’t have to ask permission to link to GOV.UK.
However, we don’t give you permission to suggest that your website is associated with, or endorsed by, GOV.UK.
Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.
Using GOV.UK content
GOV.UK is published under the Open Government Licence, and you can reproduce information from the site as long as you obey the terms of that licence.
The material featured on this website is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. Read the Crown copyright page for more information.
In addition, we make much of our information available through feeds to third parties for use on websites or other applications. Please be aware, however, that these are not our products. These applications may use versions of our information and guidance that has been edited or cached. The most up-to-date version of our information will always be that available on the GOV.UK website. We don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of any such third-party products and do not accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of such third-party products under any circumstances.
While we make every effort to keep GOV.UK up to date, we don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on the site.
We don’t accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the website, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise, in connection with our site, its use, the inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. This includes loss of:
- income or revenue
- profits or contracts
- anticipated savings
- tangible property
- wasted management or office time
This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.
Requests to remove content
In special cases, you can ask for content to be removed from GOV.UK, eg if it breaches copyright laws, contains sensitive personal data or includes material that may be considered obscene or defamatory.
Fill in the contact form, giving the web address (URL) of the content you’d like removed and why. We’ll acknowledge your request and let you know what’s going to happen.
Unpublishing is at our discretion in discussion with the department or agency responsible for the content. This policy doesn’t affect your statutory rights to request information, including the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act.
Information about you and your visits to GOV.UK
We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. However, you must take your own precautions to ensure that the process that you employ for accessing this website does not expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system.
We can’t accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system that may occur whilst using material derived from this website.
Viruses, hacking and other offences
You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.
By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.
These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
We accept no liability for any failure to comply with these terms and conditions where such failure is due to circumstance beyond our reasonable control.
If we waive any rights available to us under these terms and conditions on one occasion, this does not means that those rights will automatically be waived on any other occasion.
If any of these terms and conditions are held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining terms and conditions shall nevertheless continue in full force.
Revisions to these terms
We may at any time revise these terms and conditions without notice. Please check these terms and conditions regularly, as continued use of the GOV.UK website after a change has been made is your acceptance of the change.