Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement is still a work in progress - we have designed the entire site to use stylesheets which are screen reader friendly. We have adopted a less cluttered, more consistent navigation methodology throughout the site. The use of colour, breadcrumbs and links back to main sections allows for easier navigation. Staff developing the site have attended courses on web design for accessibility and have liaised with disability bodies in the design.   We aim to make this website accessible to everybody, and we are working towards making this website conform to the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (W3C website) to "AA" standard.

Please note that while we are taking care to ensure the site is as accessible to all as possible we are aware that there are partner sites and Adobe documents on the site that do not currently comply, we are working our way through these.  We are more than happy to provide an accessible format for any document that is required and not currently available on the site - please contact us at

Though this site is monitored on a regular basis and accessibility is an important part of every new development it is not possible to predict every possible difficulty a user might have in accessing information on the site. Therefore please let us know if you encounter any problems by please contact us at

Changing the text size

You can enlarge or reduce the writing on this website by changing your browser's settings as follows:

  • Internet Explorer
    Go to View > Text size.
  • Netscape
    Press the "Ctrl" and "]" keys at the same time to increase the font size, and the "Ctrl" and "[" keys at the same time to decrease the font size.
  • Firefox
    Press the "Ctrl" and "+" keys at the same time to increase the font size, and the "Ctrl" and "-" keys at the same time to decrease the font size. Alternatively, go to View > Text size.
  • Opera
    Go to View > Zoom.

Using Browsealoud

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Browsealoud reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online. Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments.

If you would like to have a service that reads pages or parts of the website to you, you can download the browsealoud plugin and install it for free on your PC or Mac.

People that this can help include those with literacy difficulties, dyslexia, mild visual impairments and those who have English as a second language. Visit this page to see how to use browsealoud.