– Accessibility Statement for Burton-cum-Walden Parish Council

This website is run by Burton-cum-Walden Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

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

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • the headings in the footer do not follow a logical sequence. This is a problem with WordPress and is being actively debugged.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

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

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: sueryding@hotmail.co.uk.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We are a very small parish council and as such we are unable to provide a text relay service for people who are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Find out how to contact us [add link to contact details page].

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Burton-cum-Walden Parish Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is 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

Some landmarks in some pages are incorrectly located. This may impact users who use screen readers. We are actively working on solutions to this and plan to have each landmark correctly located by September 2020.

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

Some of our PDF documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with financial information as well as annual reports. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

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

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 1st April 2020. The test was carried out by HarryAdney Internet Services.

We tested:

  • all pages on this website
  • all PDF documents published after 23rd September 2018.

You can read the full accessibility test report at westburton-yorkshire.org.uk/accessibility-report.pdf.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are actively working through each non-compliant issue and aim to have the website fully compliant by September 2020.

This statement was prepared on 15th March 2020. It was last updated on 1st April 2020.

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