How accessible this website is
What to do if you cannot access content on this website
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Navigation and accessing information
Content outside the scope of the accessibility regulations
How we tested this website
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
Preparation of this statement
This website is run by JF. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.
For example, that means you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and font,
- zoom in up to 300% without text spilling off the screen,
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard or speech recognition software, and
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader.
We also aim to make the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
We know some parts of the site are not fully accessible:
- some images do not have a text alternative
- many historical PDF documents are not accessible to screen reader software
- there is no search function or site map to assist with navigation.
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, or audio recording or braille, then please contact us:
Please make sure you describe the content would like to access and details of the format you need.
We’ll consider your request and get back to you when we can, usually within 10 working days.
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 contact myself to resolve any issues.
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).
This website is partially compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.1 level AA. Partially compliant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the standard.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:
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).
Some tables don’t have summaries or headings. This fails WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 1.3.1 (info and relationships).
The document ‘Standing Orders’ uses colour as the only visual means to distinguish information. This fails success criterion 1.3.3 (sensory characteristics).
Some text does not have enough contrast against its background. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.4.3 (contrast minimum).
We will try to fix these issues by November 2020.
When we publish new content, we’ll make sure it meets accessibility standards.
There are limited ways for users to navigate the site because there is no site map, although a search tool does exists. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.5 (multiple ways).
Many of our older PDF documents do not meet accessibility standards.
Older PDFs do not include alt text alongside non-decorative images and diagrams, so people who cannot see them understand what they’re there for. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
Older PDFs are scanned from the original document so that images contain text. This fails WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 1.4.5 (images of text).
Older PDFs may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 4.1.2 (name, role, value).
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. For example, we do not plan to update historical agendas and minutes.
Where PDF or Word documents are essential to providing our services, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages when the document is due for review.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
The website includes third party content. We cannot guarantee that third-party content is accessible but will use reasonable efforts to try and make it compliant where we can.
We assessed the accessibility of this website by using the following tools:
We tested a representative sample of webpages and documents, including the homepage, policy documents, agendas and minutes.
Following the basic assessment, we are making improvements to our website, including contrast, navigation and documents.
We’ve assessed the cost of carrying out a detailed assessment of our website and fixing any issues identified. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when we next do a major redevelopment of the website, likely to be in 2021.
This statement was prepared on 10 October 2020.