ST EWE PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

This website is run, in the main, by the St Ewe Parish Council, however, several pages remain the responsibility of different organisations and do not come under the scope of this accessibility statement.  The pages not covered by this statement are:

St Ewe Country Fair – and submenu pages
Tourist Information
St Ewe Village Hall
All Saints Church – and submenu
Church Tower Repairs
Gallery

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website which means you should be able to:

  • zoom in 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 designed this site with accessibility in mind. Some of the general features include:

  • The use of clear, simple language which is easy to understand.
  • The use of common web conventions.
  • Avoiding the use of blinking or flickering elements.
  • The site uses cascading style sheets (CSS) for visual layout. Where possible, we’ve also made our website navigable, usable and readable if your browsing device does not support style sheets
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Careful use of text colours, size and background colours to help people with a range of visual impairments. Our site is usable by anyone with colour deficient vision. We’ve checked the site’s font and background colour to ensure there are no combinations against the different colour-blindness conditions and ensured that all information is still clear.
  • We’ve designed all pages on our website so that all information that is conveyed with colour is also available without colour.
  • We’ve made it possible to use our site without having to view graphics or images. All non-text elements, such as images, animations, symbols, audio, video and multimedia have text equivalents. We’ve done this by providing descriptive alt attributes for them. Purely decorative graphics or formatting images have empty alt attributes.
  • We’ve made navigation links consistent between pages throughout the site
  • Placed page items in a logical order and making the website easy to navigate helps people with visual impairments, motor deficiencies and cognitive disabilities.
  • Our website does not use pop-up windows. 
  • Forms and tables are clearly labelled to help readers to understand the content on a page and to fill in content into correct form fields.
  • While we’ve used clear, legible font for all text and headings. In the Firefox browser you can select View, then Text Size, and then choose increase, or decrease the font size.  AbilityNet also 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 are not fully accessible:

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of the text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some of our code does not pass the w3c validation checker

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format: such as a hard copy,  you can use our contact us form on our main menu at the top of most pages or email clerk@st-ewe-parish.co.uk.  We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 10 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, you can use our contact us form on our main menu at the top of most pages, or email clerk@st-ewe-parish.co.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 this website’s accessibility

St Ewe 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.

Non accessible content

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

  • most older PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

Navigation and accessing information
If you need information on this website in a different format – like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille – please clerk@st-ewe-parish.co.uk.

We will consider your request and aim to reply within 20 working days.

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

PDFs and other documents

Some of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our information. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our information, and forms published as Word documents.

How we tested this website

The site is automatically tested each month using WAVE. This is Google’s accessibility platform to test the accessibility quality and usability of the site.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to improve accessibility on this website by:

  • regularly monitoring the accessibility of our website
  • making our PDF documents as accessible as possible
  • where possible, creating HTML pages rather than PDF documents

St Ewe 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.  and this website is currently partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

This statement was prepared on 9th September 2020.

It was last updated on 9th September 2020.