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Houghton and Wyton Parish Council

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Accessibility of this Site

This page is a work in progress and will be updated as the compliance of this website is checked against the accessibility standards.

Updated  21 September 2020

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Accessibility statement for houghtonwytonpc.co.uk

This accessibility statement applies to the website of Houghton & Wyton Parish Council using the  Spanglefish V3 platform provided by Plexus Media Ltd.

This website is run by Houghton & Wyton 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:

  • 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 aspects of this website are not fully accessible:

  • you cannot change colours, contrast levels and fonts so contrast levels are checked to ensure good readability.
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text so large font sizes and simple clear fonts are used.
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • 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:

  • contact the Clerk - ckick here for details

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 the Clerk -  click here,

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Houghton and Wyton 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 partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

[Note: if the website is fully compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standard, you can leave the ‘Non-accessible content’ section out.

Otherwise, do not change the ‘Non-accessible content’ heading or the ‘The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons’ sentence - they’re legally required.

Do not change the ‘Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations’, ‘Disproportionate burden’ and ‘Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations’ subheadings: they’re also legally required.

But if you need to list a lot of problems, you can break these subsections up with further subheadings - for example, ‘Navigation and accessing information’ or ‘Interactive tools and transactions’.]

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

[Note: In this subsection, list:

  • accessibility problems
  • which of the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria the problem fails on
  • when you plan to fix the problem

Do not include any problems where you’re claiming disproportionate burden, or where the problem is outside the scope of the accessibility regulations (those should go in the subsections below).]

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.

Disproportionate burden

In this subsection are listed accessibility problems we are claiming are a disproportionate burden to fix

(Bear in mind that something which is a disproportionate burden now will not necessarily be a disproportionate burden forever. If the circumstances change, our ability to claim disproportionate burden may change too..)

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 .

Interactive tools and transactions

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. 

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

Note: in this subsection are list accessibility problems that fall outside the scope of the accessibility regulations.]

PDFs and other documents

All our documents are PDFs and have been tested to display and download successfully.

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

Live video

We do not plan to use live video streams..

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Our accessibility roadmap [add link to roadmap] shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website. This will be published indue course.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020 when it was first published.

This website was last tested on 15 September 2020. The test was carried out by our site administrator.

Testing is still continuing and this section will be completed as soon as possible.

You can read the full accessibility test report when testing is completed,

 

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