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We recognise it’s important to provide a website that can be used in a variety of ways which do not depend on a single sense, ability, or technology. Creating and managing a website which is usable, attractive and accessible for all user groups, including the disabled, is an ongoing commitment.

This site has been designed with the aim of meeting W3C Web Accessibility Guidelines at Level AA. We want to give control to users and let you decide how you view the site, so our website offers accessibility options that are easy to discover, understand and select.

If you come across a part of the site that’s difficult to use or could be improved in terms of accessibility we’re sorry and we’d be very grateful if you could email us at and let us know. Your feedback helps us to make improvements and make sure the site continues to be accessible as we add content and new features.

All external links and downloads on the site will open in a new window (or tab, depending on your browser’s current settings).

Increasing the text size

If you find the text on this site too small, you can change it easily using your browser’s settings.

• If you use Internet Explorer, go to the View menu, select Text Size and then either Larger or Largest.
• If you use Firefox, go to the View menu, select Zoom and then Zoom In. Repeat as necessary.

Changing the colours

If you use magnification technology you may want to change the site colours, as white can give an uncomfortable glare. To do this, simply change the preferences in your browser.

• If you use Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu, select Internet Options, select Colors and make changes to text and background colours in the Colors panel. Please note: for your changes to take effect, you may also need to select Accessibility under Internet Options and check the box labelled ‘Ignore colors specified on webpages’.
• If you use Firefox, go to the Tools menu, select Options, choose the Content tab and click Colours. You can then make changes to text, background and link colours.

Our use of images

All content images used in this site include descriptive alternative text (ALT) attributes. Images which are used for layout or decoration only have blank ALT attributes.

Visual design

This site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout. Style sheets can be replaced with your own if you prefer.

Useful links

The following websites have useful advice and information about web accessibility:
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Guidelines for UK Government websites
RNIB Web Access Centre
Equality and Human Rights Commission