Accessibility Statement for Slindon Parish Council

This website is run by Slindon Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means that you will 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 site using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using the screen reader

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

  • some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software unless they are downloaded from the site.
  • some older documents contain scanned content which is not fully accessible to screen reader software.
  • some older documents have been scanned in and are not therefore fully accessible.
  • there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘contact us’ page.

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 will do our best to respond within seven working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed in this Accessibility Statement or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please let us know so that the issue can be resolved – email clerk@slindonparishcouncil.gov.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).

Technical information about the accessibility of this website

Slindon Parish Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with 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, primarily due some old PDFs not being readable within the browser window and those with scanned content.

Content that’s outside the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDF documents that were published before 23 September 2018 are not fully accessible to screen reader software. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix minutes published before this date although we can provide an alternative format on request.

Any new PDF documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

The following types of content are exempt from the accessibility regulations, but the content does not necessarily appear on the Council’s website:

  • pre-recorded audio and video published before 23 September 2020
  • live audio and video
  • heritage collections like scanned manuscripts
  • PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 – unless users need them to use a service, for example a form that lets you request school meal preferences
  • maps – although essential information must be provided in an accessible format like an address
  • third party content that’s under someone else’s control that the Council  did not pay for it or develop it – for example, social media ‘like’ buttons
  • content on intranets or extranets published before 23 September 2019 (unless a major revision is made after this date)
  • archived websites if they’re not needed for services the organisation provides and they are not updated

Navigation and accessing information

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.

Maps displayed by Google Maps – we don’t control how Google Maps displays information, but where possible we provide addresses within the web page’s text (via HTML). When Google makes their map output accessible, we will update our technology accordingly.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some PDFs published before 23 September 2018 are not in an accessible format, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information.

We have taken steps to identify and update content which was published after the 23 September 2018 to make it accessible.

Those documents that were published after this date have been checked using the Accessibility Checker within Microsoft Office and replaced.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We have not identified any areas that we believe constitute a disproportionate burden.

The Clerk is undertaking research on accessibility requirements and will be undergoing training on how to prepare accessible documents in word, PDF and excel formats by the end of November 2020.

Members of the Council understand the importance of compliance with accessibility regulations to ensure that all users can access information easily.

When we publish new content we will use the Microsoft Accessibility Checker and the online reader service to ensure that it is accessible.

If issues are identified to us or requests made for documents in an alternative format these will be prioritised for resolution.

How we test this site

This website was tested in September 2020 using online testing software (Lighthouse).

The Clerk will run checks each month to identify and fix any accessibility issues.

The Council’s website provider ‘Aubergine 262’ will run quarterly reports to identify any accessibility issues that we may not have picked up and publish the date it is completed on each occasion.

Visiting us in person

We do not have a public office to visit so please contact the Clerk if you have difficulties accessing the council meetings to discuss your requirements.