Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the website

This website is run by Choppington 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.

Accessibility on this website

We have made available a Free Website Accessibility Widget that is powered by a dedicated accessibility server. This software allows us to improve compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1 AA standard).

Enabling the Accessibility Menu

Our website accessibility menu can be enabled by clicking the accessibility menu icon. This appears in the top right of each page. After triggering the accessibility menu, please wait a moment for the accessibility menu to load in its entirety.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader

 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 us.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 days.

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, contact us.

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

Choppington 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 listed below.


Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

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

This is currently being addressed by all post 2018 Minutes being changed from PDF documents to web pages.


What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 11 January 2021.

This website was last tested on 04 January 2021. The test was carried out by Pauline Moon of Herts Premium Websites.

Testing was carried out using WAVE, and Web Accessibility Plugin. A compliance check was run using WP ADA Compliance Check Basic which samples 25 pages for common errors.

The report showed 9 pages with errors, a total of 34 issues flagged up.

We to corrected the following issues:

  1. img alt file names missing
  2. tables without headers
  3. empty anchor tags and ambiguous anchor tags
  4. nested tables
  5. pages/posts without headings

We decided to ignore some alerts – adjacent identical links and redundant anchor text as a fix would be impractical and the impact of leaving them is negligible in our opinion.

The next review is planned for March 2021.