The Council is committed to providing accessible information, without restriction or prejudice towards ability or disability.
In order to meet this commitment, this website has been designed following a set of accessibility guidelines and web standards.
This website continually attempts to provide WCAG Double-A accessibility, according to the W3C's accessibility guidelines and standards. Whilst this can be a difficult task across a large website, we are committed to ensuring that all measures are taken to maintain this level.
Accessible, in terms of a website, means all users are able to navigate and retrieve information from anywhere in the site, whilst disregarding the notion of a standard user, a standard set of abilites or a standard device for accessing the site. In this way, no user should be excluded from the website, despite their choice of method for accessing the web or their personal abilities and disabilities.
Accessibility keys are special combinations of keys that provide shortcuts for the user when navigating the website.
Using accessibility keys
For the Windows-based platform: if the browser is Internet Explorer, hold down the 'Alt' key and press the assigned key on the keyboard, then press the 'enter' key to navigate to a page. For Firefox or Chrome, hold 'Shift' and 'Alt' with the assigned key.
For the Macintosh platform, hold down the left-hand 'Control' and press the assigned key on the keyboard. (eg. Control-1 navigates to the home page.)
Change text size and contrast
You can use the 'A' icon at the top of this web page to change the colour contrast of the web pages.
It is possible to change the text size using the browser settings (the advantage being that all sites you visit will then use this text size setting). To do this, read the instructions for the particular browser you are using from the following list:
- Internet Explorer, Chrome & Mozilla Firefox:
- To increase page-zoom in your browser, hold down the 'ctrl' key (Windows) or 'Apple key' (Macintosh) and press the '+' sign.
- To decrease page-zoom in your browser, hold down the 'ctrl' key (Windows) or 'Apple key' (Macintosh) and press the '-' sign.
- Opera: Open the 'View' menu, then select one of the percentage options for 'Zoom'.
- For any other browser, consult the browser support guide or documentation.