This website has been designed and programmed to be as accessible as possible and to be compatible with the types of adaptive technology used by people with disabilities, including screen readers.

The site has been built to meet all Priority 1 and 2, and most Priority 3 checkpoints as described in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 1 (WCAG1) published by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

This website complies with the UK Government's Disability Discrimination Act of October 1999 and 2004, the Royal National Institute for the Blind's web accessibility guidelines, and the W3C consortium's Web Access Initiative guidelines.

Text size

Some people may wish to view this website in a larger text size. To do this you will need to adjust your browser settings:

  • If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the "View" menu in the browser tool bar, select "Text size" and select your required size - either larger or smaller

Viewing PDFs (Portable Document Format)

Many documents in the website are in PDF format which means they can only be viewed using Adobe Reader. This software is available free of charge from the Adobe website.

All PDF documents on this site will open in a new browser window.

The most recent PDF documents have been produced using the latest available version of Adobe Acrobat and following Adobe's guidelines on creating accessible PDFs. However, please note that some of our older archived Adobe PDF files may not be completely accessible when using screen readers.

Adobe offers useful resources and tools to aid the accessibility of PDFs. These can be accessed via the Access Adobe website which includes online conversion tools for PDFs.