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Accessibility Statement

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is committed to ensuring that this website is accessible to the widest range of people possible.

This site offers three different viewing schemes, accessed by the controls in the banner at the top of each page. These controls are visually represented as three boxes with the letter A or with the following descriptions: Default scheme, Dyslexia scheme, High visibility scheme.

Depending on what browser you are using, you can access a number of other features to help you access material online more easily. For the latest information visit the BBC’s My Web My Way.

ONS has an on-going commitment to testing as we are developing an in-house usability testing laboratory and will be incorporating accessibility testing into all future website updates.

Although we have tried to ensure this site is accessible, you may find some limitations. Whilst we always aim to communicate in clear and simple language this is not always possible. Due to the nature of the site, some content may be technical and may require technical understanding.

This website includes a large body of legacy content that was migrated from the previous ONS website. This content is not all accessible to the WCAG WAI v1.0 double-A standard and making all of this content retrospectively accessible would not be an effective use of our resources.

In a small number of instances, people navigating the ONS website using a keyboard may find that the cursor becomes trapped within an interactive map, preventing them from moving on to other content.

We will endeavour to ensure that PDFs included on the website are as accessible as possible. Where possible, PDF documents will include an HTML alternative. Some legacy content however, will not have an alternative version.

From an accessibility perspective, file type and size should be included for PDF documents. For automatically generated PDFs, this information is not displayed. These PDF documents can be found when viewing many statistical bulletins. When viewing the bulletin in an HTML format, there is an option to download an automatically created PDF.

ONS will occasionally use ways of presenting data and analysis online that are not accessible to the WCAG WAI v1.0 double-A standard in order to aid interpretation and enhance accessibility for some groups of users. When we do this, we will take all possible steps to ensure that an alternative version is made available in an accessible format. Examples of this might include providing a transcript for video or audio content or providing a data download to provide the data used in an animated presentation.

People navigating the ONS website using a keyboard in Internet Explorer may have an issue with the visual cue when using the tab function. We hope to resolve this issue soon. The problem is not applicable to other web browsers.

Due to problems with some web browsers, the ‘Skip to content’ function may not work as expected. At times, although the function may take you to the page content, the cursor will not navigate to this content.

Some interactive aspects of the ONS website have been produced using Flash content. This content will not be accessible to all users.

In some instances on the site, text can become obscured if a page is resized. Upcoming improvements to the website will address this issue.

If you require any further information regarding accessibility, or have any suggestions, comments or complaints regarding the accessibility of this site, please feel free to contact us.



0845 601 3034


Digital Publishing Division
Office for National Statistics
Room 1.101
Government Buildings
Cardiff Road
South Wales
NP10 8XG

Minicom (for the deaf or hearing impaired)

+44 (0)1633 815044

This accessibility information was last updated in September 2013. This information will be reviewed every 12 months.

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