Accessibility statement for

This website is run by the Essex Pension Fund.

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.

We aim to confirm to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 at A level. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly for all people.

This site has been built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

We use a common design throughout the site so that everyone gets a good experience, whilst allowing text sizes and colours to be changed to suit individual needs.

Read more below about the specific functions available and advice on how to get the most from the website.


We ensure that all images used as links or that give extra information are given appropriate alternative text descriptions ("ALT texts"), as required by internationally recognised Web accessibility guidelines. All graphical navigation buttons are similarly ALT-tagged. Decorative images are left un-tagged so that they do not interfere when using screen-readers.

Plain English

We understand the need for us to present information to you in clear, straightforward language. Therefore, we aim to write our web pages in plain English with the end user in mind – no jargon, no formal language, no bewildering acronyms. If you see a page that you feel does not make sense or is badly written, please let us know. 

Changeable text size and colours

You can change the text size in Internet Explorer by going to View > Text size and selecting your preferred text size. 

You can change the text colours in Internet Explorer. Go to Tools > Internet options > Accessibility and tick the boxes to turn off the default colours. Then go back to Colours to select your preferred text colours. 

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability or impairment.

This includes how to:

  • make text larger
  • magnify the screen
  • change fonts and colours
  • make your mouse pointer easier to see
  • using your keyboard instead of a mouse
  • making your device talk to you

You can translate this website to your preferred language by changing the settings in your browser (such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari). 

Sensible use of file formats and technologies

This site uses PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file format for the publication of large and complex documents. Please note that Adobe Acrobat documents can be converted back to plain text using Adobe's Web-based conversion service.

To view and print PDF files, you must have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader installed:

You can change the settings on Adobe Reader to make PDFs more compatible with screen reading programs. 

Opening pages in new windows

As you browse the website and click on navigation links or links within pages, they will usually open in the same window to allow you to move through the site easily.

Links to PDF documents will open in a new window as these are downloadable documents. 

External links will also open in a new window as they take you to another website.

If you want to open any link in a new window, you can hold down the shift key and then click the link. If you want to open a link in a new tab in your browser, hold down the CTRL key and then click the link. 

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

We are actively working to improve the accessibility features of this website and welcome your suggestions and comments. 

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We will consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.