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:

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: The Parish Clerk email or call 01670 858664.

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

Tables in the site do not have a header. See WCAG 2.1 (Level A) – 1.3.1 We plan to correct this in December 2020.

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents 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).

Some images on the website pages may not have a text alternative, so the information on them isn’t available to people using a screen reader. See WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images by December 2020. When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

There are empty anchor tags. See WCAG 2.1 (Level A) – 2.4.4. We plan to correct this in December 2020.

There are nested tables. See WCAG 2.1 (Level A) – 1.3.2. We plan to correct this in D ecember 2020.

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 30 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 30 September 2020. 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 12 pages with errors, a total of 33 issues flagged up.

As a priority, we decided to correct the following issues:

  1. color contract failure by changing the menu color
  2. img alt file name by adding file names as appropriate
  3. incorrect heading order by changing the order of headings
  4. duplicate title by changing duplicate as appropriate
  5. unlinked anchors by correcting the code

We corrected the above errors which left 3 pages with errors still to be corrected. You can read the full accessibility test report

This sample helped us identify the most urgent issues which have been addressed with the less important being corrected in December 2020.