Accessibility Statement

As a government website, our site must deliver up-to-date information to as many users as possible.

It has been built to meet level AA of the Worldwide Web Consortium’s web accessibility initiative guidelines, the required standard for UK public sector websites. This means that all the core information is easily accessible by:

  • people with older systems or browsers
  • people with a slow internet connection
  • the visually impaired
  • people with other difficulties

The standards used mean that:

  • all core information is text based
  • the information is in web standard formats (e.g. HTML and PDF)
  • all file sizes are as small as possible
  • pages are no more than three screens long at normal text size (about two printed sheets of A4)
  • all text should be easily read
  • the navigation is clear and easy to use
  • any plug-ins required are available for free
  • the site will still be useable with images turned off
  • the site should look more or less the same on different systems and browsers