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We consider web accessibility important and a core principle of the World Wide Web. We are working towards improving their accessibility of our web pages and we are currently aiming to meet Level 2 (AA) of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1

Our website is based on a complex centralised Content Management System (CMS) launched before 23 September 2018 when the Government’s accessibility regulations came into force. 

As such, parts of the site are not fully accessible. For example:  

  • Some older PDF documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software 
  • Some videos may not have captions or audio descriptions  

Please see the information below for more detailed information on known accessibility issues. 

Accessibility Issues 

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons: 

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations 

  1. issues with navigation, text and images: 
    1. Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information (WCAG: 1.1.1). This is something we are working to rectify. 
    2. Colour contrast may be insufficient on some webpages which could make these pages difficult to read for some users with visual impairments (WCAG: 1.4.3).
    3. The main menu of the website uses a dropdown system without keyboard alternatives. As a result, parts of the website may be difficult to navigate for people using keyboards or assistive devices.
  2. Issues with video content:
    1. Not all videos with audio have captions or transcriptions.  We are working to develop transcripts or other alternative versions of all our videos and audios published on or after September 2020. 

We are working to address the accessibility issues detailed above and we are putting systems and processes in place to ensure that any new content added to the website is accessible.