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Accessibility statement for 
parish.middevon.gov.uk/witheridge

The above Parish is hosted by Mid Devon District Council and maintained by the individual Parish. We want as many people as possible to be able to use these websites.

The above Parish endeavours to make their websites as accessible as possible to everyone, including those with disabilities and those who use assistive technologies to browse the web. Some of the ways in which we strive to achieve this are as follows:

 

Changing colours, font, text size and other settings

All modern browsers allow you to change colours and font sizes. We've tried to create a site which doesn't get in the way when you change these settings.

For advice on changing settings, check out the BBC’s accessibility pages.

You can choose your operating system (e.g Windows), your Browser (e.g Internet Explorer) and the problem you're trying to fix. You'll then get lots of relevant advice on accessibility settings.

 

Screen readers

A screen reader is a program which reads out the information displayed on your computer to you. Screen Readers can be useful to enable blind and partially sighted people to browse the internet and carry out other tasks using their computer.

There are a variety of Screen Readers available via the internet. The following websites contain information regarding accessibility software and resources:

 

Plain English

We try to write in plain English and avoid jargon. If you don’t understand something, please let us know.

 

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of the websites aren’t fully accessible:

  • Input field has no description
  • Link identified only by colour
  • Pages contain hyperlinks with the same label but point to different locations that can cause confusion
  • Images don’t contain correct alternate text descriptions
  • Local link destination does not exist
  • No option to skip repeated content 
  • No top-level heading on the page
  • Colour contrast is insufficient 

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information for this website in a different format please contact the Parish by using the details below:

Witheridge Parish Council

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think accessibility requirements aren’t being met please contact the Parishes by using the details below:

Witheridge Parish Council

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

The above Parish is committed to making its websites 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-compliance with the accessibility regulations

 

Input field has no description

Input fields should always have a description that is explicitly associated with the field to make sure that users of assistive technologies will also know what the field is for. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships)

We aim to fix this issues by adding descriptions to the fields by September 2020.

 

Link identified only by colour

Links are only identified by colour which makes them difficult to distinguish from other content. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.1 (Use of Colour)

We aim to fix these by September 2020.

 

Pages contain hyperlinks with the same label but point to different locations that can cause confusion

There are pages in the website which contain links with the same label such as “Contact us” but point to different locations which can cause confusion as to where they lead. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (A) Different adjacent links that use the same link text may be confusing.

We aim to fix these issues by renaming the links to more meaningful descriptions as soon as possible by September 2020.

 

Images don’t contain correct alternate text descriptions

Some images don’t have an alternative text description which indicates that the image is used for decorative purposes. At the same time there is a mouse over text (title attribute) present on the image. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content)

We aim to fix these issues by also showing the information in a more accessible format such as HTML by September 2020.

 

Local link destination does not exist

A local link (anchor link) occurs but the destination does not exist. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships)

We aim to fix these issues by September 2020.

 

No option to skip repeated content

There is currently no way to skip blocks of content that are repeated. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (Bypass Blocks).

We aim to fix these issues by adding skip to content blocks by September 2020.

 

No top-level heading on the page

Pages don’t contain top level headings which identify the content of the page. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships)

We aim to fix these issues by adding top level headings by September 2020.

 

Colour contrast is insufficient

Some Text has poor colour contrast between the text and the background which can give problems for users with visual impairments, colour blindness or when the website is viewed from a device in a bright environment. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast)

We aim to correct text where the contrast is not sufficient by September 2020.

 

Element not highlighted on focus

Elements are not highlighted on focus which can cause navigation issues as it’s difficult to know which element is selected. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 Focus Visible.

Mid Devon aim to fix this issue by September 2020.

 

Disproportionate burden

We have not identified anything that qualifies as disproportionate burden as of yet, but we are still evaluating our sites and may update this when we identify issues.

 

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

PDFs and other documents

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

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 September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations don’t 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.

 

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 16th September 2019. The test was carried out by Mid Devon District Council using Site Improve.

We tested:

  • our main website platform, available at parish.middevon.gov.uk