Ease of use

This site's layout takes into account users who are visually impaired or have difficulties using a mouse, it is fully compatible with popular screen reading software, and can be navigated easily using just a keyboard. If you have any problems finding the information you require try using the keyword search located at the top of the right-hand navigation on every page.


Accessibility statement

The Cabinet Office is committed to ensuring that this website is accessible to the widest possible range of people. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the accessibility of this site, or if you have difficulty using any part of it, please contact us.

Standards compliance

We are working towards AA-conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 1.0. We are aware that some elements of the site do not conform to the guidelines and we have developed an accessibility policy in line with Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 78, the best practice in commissioning accessible websites [External link] In line with the plan to enhance the accessibility of the site over time we have made a number of changes to the website. We will continue to use a variety of processes such as automatic testing, user testing with a range of users and testing with assistive technology to ensure that the website is more accessible. We believe that this type of approach will ensure the site meets the technical standards and is easy to use for a wide range of people.

Shaw Trust

We have commissioned Shaw Trust's User Testing Team to test the site from a disabled user perspective. Working with Shaw Trust, will enable us to move towards our objective to provide a website which is accessible and easy to use.

Access Keys

This website uses the UK government access key system. “Access keys” have been included to assist users with disabilities when navigating their way through the web site. Essentially keyboard shortcuts, access keys provide quick and easy access to common pages without the need for a mouse.

  • Windows based computers Pressing "ALT" and the access key will give focus to that specific link on the page. If you press return, you will then be taken to that page.
  • Macintosh based computers Pressing "CTRL" and the access key will automatically send you to that specific page.
Accesskey Action
[s]Skip navigation
[1]Home page
[2]Not in use
[3]Site map
[4]Not in use
[5]Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
[6]Not in use
[7]Not in use
[8]Not in use
[9]Feedback form
[0]Access key details

Increasing text size

Some users might find screen text easier to read by increasing the size at which text is displayed. To do this you should simply adjust your browser's settings.

  • If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the View menu, select Text Size and then either Larger or Largest.
  • If you use Firefox, go to the View menu, select Text Size and then either Increase Ctrl + +, Decrease Ctrl + - or Normal Ctrl + 0.
  • If you use Opera, go to the Tools menu, select Preferences then click on the Web pages tab. Select the normal font button. A dialogue box appears and provides options to increase/decrease font size, font type, weight and style.
  • If you use Netscape Navigator, go to the View menu and choose Increase Font until the text is the size you require.

Document Readers

Some of the documents/media in this site may require the following readers/viewers - please note that these links are placed here only for your convenience only and not as an endorsement of either product or software.


Changing colours

Changing the site's background colour can be particularly useful for users who rely on magnification technology as white can produce an uncomfortable glare. It is also possible to change the colour of body text on the site. Both can be achieved by changing preferences in your browser:

  • If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu, select Internet Options, select Colors and make changes to text and background colours in the Colors panel.

More information on how to change your computer settings to make the web easier to use [External link] is available from the BBC website.