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NETHER WYRESDALE PARISH COUNCIL ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT
Please note that only the parish council pages on this website are covered by this statement.
The Parish Council accepts no responsibility for other accessibility issues from other uploaded content unrelated to parish council business.
Using this website
We want as many people as possible to be able to use the parish council pagers of this site. 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 aren’t fully accessible:
the text won’t reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
you can’t modify the line height or spacing of text
most older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
live video streams don’t have captions
some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
you can’t skip to the main content when using a screen reader
there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘contact us’ page
What to do if you can’t access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format such as large print.
We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 5 days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact: Mrs M J Harben on the contact details shown above.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Nether Wyresdale 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.
The Parish Council pages on this website are partially compliant with the requirements of the WCAG 2.1 AA standard.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below:
Issues with technology
No ‘skip to main content’ option on any pages.
Text doesn’t reflow in single column when size of browser window is changed.
It’s not possible for users to modify text spacing or line height.
We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when we next do a major redevelopment of the website, likely to be in 2021.
Issues with text
Some link text doesn’t make sense when read on its own (for example, ‘click here’).
We plan to fix the existing links by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure link text meets accessibility standards.
Issues with PDFs and other documents
Some of the PDFs that contain scanned information (specifically the annual returns) don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader.
All PDF’s on the site are accessible and any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will also meet accessibility standards. From 2020, annual returns can be provided in an accessible PDF format.
Issues with interactive tools and transactions
The colour contrast on error messages is too low.
Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.
Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website.
We plan to work with our supplier to fix the issue with colour contrast by September 2020.
We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigating the forms using a keyboard and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal, likely to be in 2021.
How we tested this website
The parish council pages of this website underwent a brief test on 30th January 2020. The test was carried out by a reputable organization and it is anticipated that further testing will be carried out later in 2020. During this test it was concluded that all PDF documents are in accessible format and that the pages are 95% compliant with the exception of the annual returns (see above).
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
This statement will be reviewed annually.
This statement was prepared on 15th April 2020. It was last updated on……