- Site navigation
- Site wide features
- Content pages
- Speech enabling our website
- Browser compatibility
Our website homepage has been designed to provide easy access to key services and information.
You can access common tasks using the headings and links in the middle of the page. To make a payment, click on the Make a payment icon in the top tasks section.
The website is made up of 20 different sections:
- Benefits and support
- Births, deaths, marriages and citizenship
- Business services, rates and licensing
- Community, crime and safety
- Council and elections
- Council tax
- Environmental problems
- Health and wellbeing
- Jobs and training
- Libraries, archives and culture
- Make a payment
- Planning, building and regeneration
- Recycling and waste
- Roads and transport
- Schools and education
- Social support
- Sports, leisure and parks
Each of these sections are accessible from the homepage of the site. These main section areas lead through to content pages relating to the services the Council and its partners provide.
There are a number of features that appear as standard at the top of every page of the site.
- One Account
- Sign in / Register
These features appear in the footer of the site.
- Contact us
- Privacy statement
- Terms and conditions
On each content page you can access information relating to a particular service. This information will appear in the central column of the page. Any additional information is located beneath the main content area where appropriate. The following elements are available on our content pages.
Below the main content of each page you will find the contact details for the service.
In the body text of the page and occasionally in a downloads box beneath the content right hand you will find links to Word/PDF/Excel and other documents. If you are unable read these documents you can download free viewer plug-ins to assist you:
Below the main content area of each page you can access any pages directly linked to the service.
Below the main content area of each page you can access any external links that may be linked to the service.
This website is speech-enabled, which means that you can download free software onto your computer and have the site read aloud to you.
The free software is called BrowseAloud.
BrowseAloud is assistive technology that adds text-to-speech functionality to websites. It adds speech and reading support tools to online content to extend the reach of websites for people who require reading support. This includes those with dyslexia, learning difficulties, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language. These groups benefit from the audio-visual reinforcement of online content when using BrowseAloud.
Important information for people who do not use a mouse
BrowseAloud is a product which has been designed to be used primarily by mouse movements. If you do not use a mouse, or are unable to use a mouse, you should enable mousekeys. To do this:
- open the control panel select accessibility options
- select the 'mouse' tab
- switch on mousekeys - you will be able to control the mouse using your numeric keypad
This will allow you to navigate to text on web pages which would normally be inaccessible using the keyboard. You can change BrowseAloud settings by double clicking on the BrowseAloud icon in the system tray.
To ensure that you can access all the features of our site, please ensure that you are running the latest version of your browser.
Payment problems using older versions of Internet Explorer
If when clicking on the 'Pay' button, you receive the following screen: "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage", you will need to change the settings on your browser.
1. From the menu bar, click on Tools and then Internet options.
2. Go to the Advanced tab and scroll down until you see the following settings:
Use TLS 1.0
Use TLS 1.1
Use TLS 1.2
You must uncheck Use TLS 1.0 and check, Use TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2.
3. Click Apply and then OK to save your settings.
4. Refresh your screen or access the Payments screen to continue making the payment.