Accessibility statement

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5. Technical information about this website’s accessibility

We are committed to making our websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is only partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

 

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

Issues with text.

We aim to fix any non-descriptive link text by September 2020 (for example where link text says 'Click here'). When we publish new content we’ll make sure link text meets accessibility standards.

We are working to ensure that as much text as possible has a reading age of 11 or below. 

Issues with PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and other documents don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader.

Some of our documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By September 2020, we aim to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

We aim to ensure that any new documents we publish meet accessibility standards.

Issues with navigation

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option). This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks). We aim to ensure that this link is present throughout the site by September 2020.

Some information is provided as content within a map. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content. We aim to publish all content that is only available in a map as html.

Some pages contain tables used for layout. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1. We aim to remove all tables used for layout by September 2020.

You can't zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen. We plan to implement zoom on content for mobile devices by September 2020.

Some pages have non distinguishable landmarks. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships. We plan to provide Aria landmarks by September 2020

Accessibility of our other websites and online services

We use some third party online services and websites to allow customers to interact and transact with us. These include (but are not limited to) paying for council tax, applying for licenses, reporting issues, online surveysand applying for planning permission.

Not all these sites and online services meet the necessary standards for accessibility, and where they do not we are engaging with our suppliers to rectify this. We aim to rectify as much as possible by September 2020, but some work may be ongoing past this date.

When procuring new online systems, meeting accessibility standards is included in the specification, and we continue to work with suppliers to ensure sites continue to meet these standards.

Issues with contrast

Some pages have low contrast errors. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) We aim to make all content reach the minimum required levels by September 2020.

Disproportionate burden

We have not identified anything that qualifies as disproportionate burden as of yet, but we are still evaluating our sites and may update this when we identify issues.