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Ivychurch Parish Council Accessibility Statement
This website is run by Ivychurch 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:
- 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 content uploaded to this website is not fully accessible:
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘Contact us’ page, which is provided by a third party (Google)
What to do if you cannot access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, or audio recording:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- write to us at: Ivychurch Parish Council, Ivychurch Village Hall, Ashford Road, Ivychurch, Romney Marsh, TN29 0AL. (We do not have a manned office).
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.
If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, email or write to us as above for directions.
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, please email or write to us as above.
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
Ivychurch 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 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.
Non accessible content
Some pages may contain attachments which are not currently compliant, such as:
- Older PDF files such as Meeting Minutes and Agendas published before 1st May 2021.
- Content produced by third parties or using third party software.
Non compliance with the accessibility regulations
We will do all we can to identify content that is non-compliant.
Some images may not have a text alternative, enabling people using a screen reader to access the information. This would fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
We plan to ensure alternative text is in place for all images by December 2021. When we publish new content we will make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
Ivychurch is a very small Parish with a proportionately small budget and does not employ staff. However, we will make our best endeavours to identify and rectify non-compliant content. We will examine older content which has been transferred from our previous website (up to May 2021), and address accessibility issues where possible. In the meantime we will respond as quickly as possible to any ad-hoc requests for specific content to be supplied in an alternative, accessible format, whether this is in electronic (document) form, or verbally as necessary.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some documents and content on this website may have been created by third parties or using third party software. Where this is the case we will endeavour, on request, to obtain an accessible copy from the original source or to convey the information contained in the document in an accessible way.
Many 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.
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 fix meeting agendas or minutes for meetings which were published prior to 23 September 2018.
Some of our PDFs and Word documents may be essential to providing our services. For example, PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By December 2021, where possible, we plan to identify these and either fix or replace them with accessible content.
Any new PDFs or Word documents created by us will meet accessibility standards.
How we tested this website
This website was last tested in May 2021. Tests were carried out both internally and by our website provider, Aubergine 262. A sample of pages were tested.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We plan to improve accessibility on this website by addressing non-compliance issues (where possible) by December 2021.
This statement was prepared on 21 May 2021.
Where we link to content which is hosted by Modern.Gov:
The Modern.gov accessibility statement is as follows:
“The content of this website has been designed to work towards AA standards of the W3C 2.0 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We aim to continually make improvements to meet these guidelines. The design and coding of the website has been implemented to support adaptive technologies (such as screen readers and text-only browsers). Maintaining an accessible site is an ongoing process and Civica are continually working to offer a user friendly experience. However, if you have any problems using this web site please let us know via the Modern.gov Contacts page.”