Page last updated 22 March 2017

Web Accessibility Statement

What is web accessibility?

The W3C's introduction to web accessibility states that:

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. 

Read more about accessibility.

WAI Level AA accessibility

The Government requires that all public sector websites - whether for central or local government - should meet the W3C's guidelines on accessibility to WAI Level AA standard.

By following the guidelines and standards, we aim to make our website as accessible as possible. We have attempted to ensure that all pages meet high levels for web accessibility and conform to the AA standard but with over 3,000 pages we recognise this is not always possible.

This site is continually under development in order to improve our compliance to ensure we meet as many of the WAI Level AAA guidelines as are achievable.

Third parties

We have overall control of the website but work with different suppliers / partners who supply third party elements of our site e.g.

We work with these partners to try to meet WAI Level AA standard but this is an ongoing program of work.

Interactive mapping

Due to its graphical nature, our interactive mapping application cannot currently be presented in a fully accessible format. If you would like assistance with this, please email:

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