Statement of Accessibility for the Tollesbury Parish Council
This accessibility statement applies to the website of Tollesbury Parish Council.
This website is run by Tollesbury Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website. For instance, this means you should be able to:
- Navigate the site with only a keyboard (Tab, Shift-Tab and Return.)
- Use of the site by screen readers
- Using proper headings, rather than just bold text
- Creating PDF files, where the source is available, as text, not images
- Inclusion of a search function
- Pages that are compatible with web browser functionality, such as zooming in and colour changes
- Avoiding popup screens
- Designing navigation so it is clear without reference to visual elements
- Avoiding non-descriptive links, for example, ‘Click Here’ or ‘More Information.’
- Including text descriptions for non-decorative images and videos (Alt text)
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 is this website?
We appreciate that some parts of our website may not be 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
- 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:
- Please email email@example.com
- Or call 01621 869 039
We will consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible. We will try to help aid your accessibility of our website where possible.
Reporting accessibility problems
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, please feel free to get in touch with Mrs Michelle Curtis, Communications Officer at the Tollesbury Parish Council. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Tollesbury 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:
- Limited contrast errors
- Older PDF documents which are not fully accessible
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:
- Website design preference
- Uneditable content
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
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 2021. When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
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.
Interactive tools and transactions
Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using only 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 with our supplier contract at some point in the third quarter of 2021.
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.
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.
Third Party Content
Some of the documents on this site are provided by others. The format of these documents is outside the control of the Council.
Web Browser Features
All up to date, mainstream, web browsers include accessibility features within the browser. These include features such as changing the colours and the font sizes.
Most personal computer browsers on Windows and on Apple Mac OS, support keyboard commands to zoom the browser in and out:
(hold down control key and press plus or scroll wheel)
(hold down control key and press minus or scroll wheel)
Reset to normal zoom
(hold down control key and press zero)
The following are instructions for some of the more popular web browsers and computers. They show how to adjust configurations to view web pages to suit your needs:
- Apple Mac Accessibility
- Google Chrome Accessibility
- Microsoft Edge Accessibility
- Microsoft Internet Explorer Accessibility
- Mozilla Firefox Accessibility
- Opera Accessibility