Accessibility Statement
Bilton-in-Ainsty with Bickerton Parish Council

Using this website

This website is run by Bilton-in-Ainsty with Bickerton Parish Council.
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 fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% 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 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 this website is

We know some parts of this website may not be fully accessible:

  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

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

If you need information on this website in a different format:

email

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 15 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.
If you find any problems that are not listed on this page
or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations,
contact:

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing 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

Bilton-in-Ainsty with Bickerton 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 framework is compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. Some content is partially compliant, due to the non-compliances listed below.

  • older PDF documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software

Disproportionate Burden

Nothing is cited as being a disproportionate burden

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

PDFs and other documents

Older PDFs may 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).
  • WCAG 2.0 success criterion 2.4.5 Multiple Ways
  • WCAG 2.0 success criterion 2.4.8 Location

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.

The Council are required, by law, to upload a number of documents that have been approved and signed (the end of year audit for example), this is done by scanning the document and uploading as a PDF filetype. The very nature of a scanned document is not accessible and often OCR conversion of the document is not perfect. This will be reviewed, likely in 2025 to see if technology or regulations have changed.

Any new PDFs the Council publish will aim to meet accessibility standards, unless these documents are in a format which cannot be made accessible easily. If you wish to obtain a copy of any document on this website, please contact the clerk via the methods mentioned above.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will be running regular accessibility checks and ensure that new content added to the website meets accessibility requirements where possible.

This website was last tested on 17th September 2020. The test was carried out via Bilton-in-Ainsty with Bickerton Parish Council (self-evaluation) on representative pages following the Government accessibility checklist and using the Wave Accessibility Evaluation Tool.

We focused on the most popular website pages to test, including the homepage and the meetings documents page.

This statement was prepared on 1st July 2020.
It was last updated on 19th September 2020.