Great care has been taken in the construction of this site to ensure a high level of accessibility that meets The World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI) standards. Please read our full Accessibility Statement for full details.

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Tools on this site

ReadIT read aloud software

This website includes software which will allow you to:

  • have text and content read aloud to you
  • magnify the content 
  • alter the brightness and contrast of the website

Speaker icon You can activate this tool by using the speaker button at the top of the page, or by using the Access Key "K"

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Please note that the ReadIT tool is not available using some older browsers (such as Internet Explorer), we therefore strongly recommend using more modern browser if you wish to use this tool. this tool works in most modern browsers including: Edge, Chrome, Firefox & Safari

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Translation services

You can translate this website by using the Google Translate drop down at the top of the page. This tool provides basic translation in a range of languages.

Skip links

Hidden links that are accessible on a keyboard using the tab key are at the beginning of every page and will skip to a variety of content areas on the page.

If you do have problems, or would like to make any suggestions to improve the site from an accessibility point of view, please get in touch with us by contacting customer services using the general enquiries form.

The text on our website is scalable so that you should be able to adjust the size using the “View” menu on your browser and amending the setting for “text size”.

The site is also designed to be easily printable - providing a simple, text based output onto paper.

For further information about how to make web browsing easier please visit the BBC accessibility webpages. They explain in more detail the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the website is accessible there are some areas of the site where it is not currently possible for it to be completely accessible to all users for example, Geographic Information System (GIS Maps) and some video and audio, we will continue to seek improvements in these areas.

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