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Our main purpose in producing this website is to make information easy to access and communicate what we do. That is why accessibility has been a priority and as such we have built this site to comply with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Document Object Model and has followed W3C Web Accessibility Guidelines.


We have implemented the following accessibility features on this website to make it easier to use for disabled visitors.



Accessibility Guidelines Level A

As part of the design process, the code was validated against the W3C recommendations for XHTML and CSS and we have endeavoured to make this website comply with all of the W3C Level A accessibility guidelines. To the best of our knowledge this has been achieved throughout the site ensuring that, wherever possible, the content is accessible to people with disabilities.



Access keys

Access keys are shortcuts to provide quick and easy access to common pages without the need for a mouse and have been included to assist users with disabilities navigate around the website. Access keys are available for the following pages:


H = Home

A = About Us

S = Our Strategy

G = Get Involved

I = Economic Information

N = What's New

E = Events


The use of access keys varies depending which browser software and platform you are using (ALT + an access key on Windows then . ; Control + an access key on a Mac).


If you use this facility and you are experiencing difficulties or wish to suggest additional access keys, please e-mail us.



Site Map

The site map can be accessed directly from the link at the bottom of each page on the site. The site map lists all relevant navigation for the whole site. Use the site map if you would like to find out more about how the website is structured.



Text size

This website has been designed and programmed in a way which allows visitors to change the font size of the page to their prefered setting. This can be adjusted through the browser preferences (usually found in the menu).




The pages within this web site have been tested on the latest versions of the following browsers:



Internet Explorer (PC v6, v7 and v8)


Google Chrome




Images and Links

All images used in this site include descriptive alt attribute. Purely decorative graphics include null alt attributes. All links provided in this site include a descirptive title attribute.



Adobe Acrobat

A number of documents on the site are provided in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. To view them, you will require a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.




All of our pages contain the facility to do a simple word search of all our content. The search facility appears within the right hand column of every page.




In some instances this site uses JavaScript for dynamic content. If your browser does not support JavaScript, the site will still function.




Session cookies are also used in order to make your browsing experience more fluid. Please ensure you have them enabled.



Still need help?

Please tell us if you're experiencing difficulties using the website. You can either e-mail us or telephone us (during office hours only). We will respond to your query as quickly as possible.