Accessibility and usability issues
We recently upgraded our website and are currently reviewing our accessibility. We make every effort to ensure our website is accessible and easy to use for everyone, no matter what browser you choose to use, whether or not you have any disabilities and regardless of your experience of using the Internet. Your patience while we review and upgrade any functional features is greatly appreciated.
In the meantime, there are many ways you can make this website more accessible within your own browser. These include:
• you can change the font size. You can usually do this in a Tools, Options or View menu depending on your browser.
• if you are blind or are visually impaired you can use screen reading software to find information.
• if you have difficulties using a mouse you can navigate the site using the keyboard using the tab key to jump from link to link (or shift + tab to go backwards).
• all images have alternative text equivalents so if you cannot see the images you can still use the site
• our site navigation and structure are consistent to make it easy for you to find your way around it
• we use Plain English
• where possible we have one idea per paragraph, use short sentences, bulleted lists so that pages can be scanned and read quickly
Accessibility and technical standards
This website conforms to the Guidelines for UK government websites, it supports the Worldwide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, Level A, to ensure a web accessibility standard has been achieved and is maintained.
For more information see:
• Web Accessibility Initiative: www.w3.org/WAI/
• Guidelines for UK government websites: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/
• Communicating simply with Plain English
• RNIB See it Right