Blaxton Parish Council
Blaxton Parish Council

Accessibility Statement for Blaxton Parish Council

This accessibility statement applies to www.blaxtonpc.org.uk

 

How accessible this website is

 

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

 

  • the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • live video streams do not have captions
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader

 

Feedback and contact information

 

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

 

  • email clerk_bpc@btinternet.com
  • call 01302 771233

 

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 14 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:

the Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, Blaxton Parish Council, 01302 771233, clerk_bpc@btinternet.com.

 

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

No special telephone facilities are available.  Visits at Blaxton Village Hall can be arranged by appointment but there are no facilities available for those with hearing difficulties.

 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

 

Blaxton 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.

 

Compliance status

 

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances and exemptions are listed below.

[Note: delete the options that do not apply.]

 

Non-accessible content

 

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

 

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

 

  • the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • live video streams do not have captions
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • 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 December 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

 

Disproportionate burden

 

The cost of making this website WCAG compliant would be likely to exceed the cost of creating a new compliant website.

 

The Parish Council is considering options for creating a new website and will update this statement as this is progressed

 

Navigation and accessing information

 

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

 

It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.

 

It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping. Interactive tools and transactions

 

Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.

 

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We 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 six months.

 

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

 

PDFs and other documents

 

Some of our PDFs and Word 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 December 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. For example, we do not plan to fix the Minutes of Council meetings

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. Live video We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

[Note: publishing an accessibility roadmap is optional. It’s a good idea to publish one if you

 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

 

This statement was prepared on 15 October 2020.  It was last reviewed on [not yet reviewed].

 

This website was last tested on 14 October 2020. The test was carried out by Blaxton Parish Council.

 

We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test – Wave Evaluation tool on Home page which identified numerous errors.  Please contact the Parish Council for details.

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