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We have teamed up with Browsesaloud / Texthelp to provide a service which gives our visitors the chance to listen to All you have to do is simply click on the Browsealoud icon which is available bottom right of every page.

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Language translation

BrowsealoudBrowsealoud offers the abilty to translate our pages into 99 different languages. To access this feature, simply click the orange Browsealoud icon and follow the relevant instructions below:

Desktop instructions

  • First click the hand icon (pressing a button) Hover to speak - hand icon
  • Then click the languages icon and select your language Translate - world icon

Mobile instructions

  • First click the hand icon (pressing a button) Hover to speak - hand icon
  • Then click the cog icon and select your language Settings - cog icon

Changing colours, font, text size and other settings

All modern browsers allow you to change colours and font sizes. We’ve tried to create a site which doesn’t get in the way when you change these settings.

For advice on changing settings, check out the BBC’s accessibility pages. You can choose your operating system (e.g. Windows), your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer) and the problem you’re trying to fix, you’ll then get lots of relevant advice on accessibility settings.

Portable Document Format (PDF)

Some documents on our site are available in a PDF format, this helps us to preserve the original format securely in a relatively small file size. In order to view the document you will need an Adobe Acrobat Reader which is freely available to download.


Websites must by law be accessible, and should meet the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) standards on accessibility. In the same way that we have made changes to our buildings to make them more accessible to people with disabilities, we have made changes to our website.

Council website

The Bolton Council website aims to be both accessible and usable to all that need information from it.

Our aim is to provide customers with equal access to information and services. Accessibility has been paramount since the design stage and we have taken steps to ensure we take  into account the needs of different people.

We have followed guidance and standards by the Government, and our pages conform to the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. The Accessibility Guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these guidelines helps to make the web more accessible to users with disabilities and benefits all users.

There may be a few pages which do not full comply to the above guidelines. We are continuously carrying out work to improve these pages so that we do conform.

Use of maps

Some of our information is based on maps and unfortunately due to the graphical nature maps we are unable to provide an alternative accessible format.

Tell us about accessibility problems

We are constantly working to improve the accessibility of this site and would welcome your suggestions and comments so that we can continuously improve access for everyone.

Tell us about any accessibility problems