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This website has been designed to ensure that users can experience all content on the site, regardless of their browser and operating systems. Our aim is to provide easy access to all users, particularly for elderly visitors and visitors with special needs. Partially-sighted users should be able to experience the site using screen-reading web browsers.

This website aims to comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Pages conform to the W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional standard, combining the strength of HTML 4 with the power of XML.

If you would like to suggest changes to this site that would make it easy to use, please contact Public Finance.


Scroll down this page for further advice on the following areas:

Changing text sizes

Changing screen resolution

Adjusting mouse and keyboard settings

Internet browsers


Changing text size
In the lefthand column, just above the CIPFA logo, you will find the words 'Text size'. Click on the appropriate letter ‘A’ below these to this to change the text size. The letter on the left makes text smaller, the letter on the right makes it bigger and the central letter returns it to the original size.

Alternatively, you can make the text larger or smaller by changing the settings on your browser. To do so, follow the instructions below:

Internet Explorer
Go to the 'View' menu at the top of the browser window. Select 'Text size' and select your desired text size setting e.g. select larger, smaller. Alternatively, if you have a mouse with a scroll-wheel, hold down the 'Control' key (Ctrl) on your keyboard and use the mouse scroll-wheel to change the text size.

Mozilla Firefox
Go to the 'View' menu at the top of the browser window. Select 'Text size' and select 'Increase' or 'Decrease' to go one size up or down.

Other browsers
For other browsers, please check the menus at the top of your browser window to find the text size controls.

Changing screen resolution
On PCs (running Windows 95 and upwards operating system)
Go to the 'Start' button, then select 'Settings', then 'Control Panel', then 'Display', then 'Settings'. Select to change the desktop area by using the resolution sliding bar. We recommend a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels or greater. We suggest a minimum resolution of no less than 800 by 600 pixels.

On Apple Macs
Use the Monitor & Sound Control Panel to change the resolution.

Adjusting mouse and keyboard settings
You can fine tune your mouse and keyboard settings (for example, to change the number of mouse clicks required to open a new window)

On PCs (running Windows 9598/NT/2000/XP and above)
Click on the 'Start' button for your computer, then select 'Settings', followed by 'Control Panel', and then 'Accessibility’

On Apple Macs
Click on the 'System Preferences' button the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, then select 'Keyboard & Mouse'

Internet browsers
While this site has been built to be usable on all browsers, it works best on the following browser versions. Most of them are available to download on to your computer free of charge. Click on a browser name to find out more about it and how to download them (all links open in a new window).

Internet Explorer 6 or above 

Firefox version 2 or above

Opera version 9 or above

Safari (for Macs)