We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.
We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so follow many of the available standards and guidelines.
Some of our pages from legacy sites, or those developed and maintained by 3rd parties, might not currently conform to these standards. However, we are actively engaging with content providers across the authority to ensure that all future webpages are compliant with W3C guidelines for accessibility (AA standard)

Standards Compliance

Our website has been constructed in accordance with the following W3C web accessibility standards and is maintained to these standards as much as possible.
HTML 4.01 Transitional CSS 2 Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 (WCAG 1.0) to Priority Level 2 (AA)

Our website currently runs on the Umbraco Content Management System to enable greater control over our webpages and to ensure conformity to these standards.


All content images used in this site include descriptive alt tags. Decorative and spacer graphics include null or * alt tags.

Browser Compatibility

This website is optimised for a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and has been tested on Windows and Linux with: Internet Explorer 8.0 and above
Firefox 2.0 and above
This website relies on CSS2, which is unsupported by IE 4 and below and Netscape 4 and below. It can still be accessed on these browsers but with no styling applied to the pages. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Text Size

The size of all of the text on this site can be changed by users of visual browsers. All key content, including all body text and navigation menus can be increased or decreased by users without breaking the page layout. To make text larger or smaller, use the text options in the 'View' menu of your browser.


We try to follow best practice guidelines for plain English to make this website easy to read, understand and as jargon free as possible.

Speech Readers

Our website is Browsealoud enabled. Browsealoud is a speech enabling program that makes web content more accessible to anyone with difficulties reading. Simply by hovering your mouse pointer over an area of text, Browsealoud will read that text out loud. Browsealoud not only speech enables the website content, it will also speak out loud the menus and hyperlinks, helping you navigate the website more easily. All you have to do to take advantage of this service, is download the free Browsealoud program. The download is 3-12MB.

Find out more about Browsealoud.

Browsealoud is a Windows application and can be used with Internet Explorer 4 upwards or Netscape Navigator.

Further Information

Do you need help in making the web easier to use? The 'My web my way website' from the BBC explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.