This website has been built to comply with the Priority 2 (Double A) accessibility
checkpoints, as established in the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative. The initiative
promotes usability and accessibility for people with disabilities. Details on the World Wide Web Consortium’s
web accessibility initiative are available at www.w3.org/WAI.
The majority of the website's pages conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative's 'AA' standard.
This website also conforms to the UK government guidelines for websites. XHTML-transitional, CSS 1.0, WAI WCAG Level 2 have been set as technical standards.
Please note, some sections of this web site are controlled by third parties and so it has not been possible for the same standards of accessibility to be applied to them.
Most websites can be used without a traditional mouse. Links can be selected and
clicked using the keyboard. If you find it difficult to use a mouse to navigate around a webpage, you
can follow these steps as a substitute to using your mouse:
If you find the text on this website is too small or too large, you can change it
easily by clicking the PLUS or MINUS buttons on the top right of each webpage. Alternatively, you should
simply adjust your browser's settings:
Changing the website's background colour can be particularly useful for users who
rely on magnification technology as white can produce an uncomfortable glare. It is also possible to
change the colour of body text on the site.
Both can be achieved by changing preferences in your browser. If you use:
Screen resolution, measured in pixels, refers to the resolution of the computer
monitor. The screen area setting is an important factor in how much information your monitor can display.
This web site is designed for a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768. If your current setting is lower than 1024 x 768, the pages will not fit into your browser window without the need to use the scrollbars. If you would like to change your settings to the recommended resolution for optimum viewing of this website, follow the steps outlined below:
The webpages on this website are designed to be used with screenreaders, so that
visually impaired users can easily access the content and navigate the site.
Some of our publications such forms, leaflets are available to download in Portable
Document Format (PDF).
To view PDF files, you can install a PDF document viewer. There are various types available, of which Acrobat is a well-known type. Adobe Acrobat Reader software is available to download and install on your computer free of charge from the Adobe website www.adobe.com/downloads.
PDF documents may not be readily accessible to screen readers and may not be formatted for visually impaired users. To convert PDF documents into plain text or plain HTML documents, you can use Adobe’s online conversion tool available at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html
The www.adobe.com website provides tools and information to help make Adobe PDF files accessible to users with visual disabilities.