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Website Accessibility



This accessibility statement applies to the website for Buildwas Parish Council.

This website is run by Buildwas Parish Council.  We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.  We have made the website layout and text as simple as possible to understand.  You should also be able to navigate the website using just a mouse, mouse pointer and keyboard; zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen; and listen to most of the website using a screen reader.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability, and covers such things as making your screen images and text larger, and using Voice Recognition to control your computer.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Buildwas 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.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.  Following a detailed examination of our website’s features against the detailed government checklist, we have identified some areas where we are not fully compliant.  We have created an Action Plan to address these issues, which is summarised below each area on non-compliance.

PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.

Any new PDF documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

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.  We do not intend to fix any documents published before September 2018.  We will fix documents published after September 2018 over the coming months.  In the meantime, users can contact the Clerk to discuss getting the information in another format. 

It is not possible to navigate the website purely by keyboard and it is not always clear which tab you are on when using a keyboard.

Our website designers are aware of this and are working on a solution.

Some page titles are not shown clearly in the browser tab.

We will fix this so that tabs show all titles clearly.

Some headings are not correctly marked so will not be picked up by screen readers.

We will reformat current content to fix this.  New content will be formatted correctly.

The contrast settings on some parts of the website are not appropriate for some visual impairments.

Our website designers have added functionality to change colour and contrast, and we will adjust the settings using their advice.

There is only one way to find content (no search function).

We will add a search bar to the website.

ARIA* markup has not been used. (definition below)

Our website designers are currently working on a rebuild which will incorporate ARIA markup standards and make us fully compliant.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We have an Action Plan in place to make our website more accessible.  We will review progress in September 2021.

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 contact the Clerk, Mr C Furnival

We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact the Clerk, Mr C Furnival:

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).

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared in August 2020.  It was last reviewed on 7 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 27 August 2020. The test was carried out by the Clerk to the Parish Council using the following documents:

We decided to test all of the main pages of the website, and a random selection of sub-pages.  As the website is small, we decided that it was sensible to test all of the main pages which contain slightly more detailed text.  The sub-pages are very similar pages which hold a list of documents and it was decided to randomly sample these to ensure consistency across the website.


* Definition of ARIA:WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make Webcontent and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helpswith dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML,JavaScript, and related technologies. Currently, certain functionality used in Web sites is notavailable to some users with disabilities, especially people who rely on screen readers andpeople who cannot use a mouse. WAI-ARIA addresses these accessibility challenges, forexample, by defining new ways for functionality to be provided to assistive technology. WithWAI-ARIA, developers can make advanced Web applications accessible and usable to people with disabilities.