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Accessibility statement for the King’s Sutton Parish Council website (www.kingssutton.org)

King’s Sutton Parish Council is working towards full compliance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018, which came into force on September 23, 2018. Click here to view the W3 Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines page, which outlines the requirements for accessibility. 

We expect to achieve that aim by the end of 2020, dealing as a priority with those pages that are currently visible to visitors via the website’s menu system, then with legacy pages that do not have links within the site but may be accessed via search engines or from links posted on social media sites or included in the council’s emails to its news subscribers. 

This accessibility statement applies only to King’s Sutton Parish Council’s website (www.kingssutton.org). The statement does not apply to the council’s other digital communications channels – currently Facebook and Twitter social media platforms and Mailchimp emails. (Compliance with the regulations is the responsibility of the owners of those platforms.)

The scope of this statement

This website is run by Bridson Kneale, which operates as a digital communications contractor to King’s Sutton Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For that reason, we have built it to be accessible with common assistive technologies and different usability methodologies, and for compatibility with all the most popular web browsers. This means that you should be able to:

  • Change the site’s colours, contrast levels and fonts using methods described here
  • Zoom in without losing text visibility
  • Navigate the site using just a keyboard with, for example, the methods described here
  • Navigate the site using speech recognition software
  • Listen to the site using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We have applied plain English principles to make the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet is a UK-based charity that supports people living with a disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, at work and in education. the charity offers helpful advice and a number of useful free resources available to all. Click here to visit the AbilityNet website.  

How accessible this website is

We know that some elements of this website are not fully accessible at the moment. However, it is currently possible on this site to:

  • Reflow text in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • Modify the line height or spacing of text by, for example, using Chrome browser extensions for accesibility such as those listed here
  • Access PDF documents using screen reader software
  • Navigate our online forms using just a keyboard
  • Skip to the main content when using a screen reader

Many of the images used on our site feature alternative text describing their appearance and function on the page. (This text improves accessibility for visually impaired visitors using screen readers.) Unfortunately, this is not always the case, particularly on archived legacy pages. We are doing everything we can to address this issue. 

Feedback and contact information

If you are unable to access information on this website for any reason and need a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please get in touch with the parish clerk using the details in the “Quick Contacts” section of this website here. We will consider your request and get back to you as soon as we can.

If you cannot view the map we link to in our contact details, please call or email the parish clerk for directions via the Quick Contacts section of this website here

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 call or email the parish clerk for directions via the Quick Contacts section of this website here

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) here.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

King’s Sutton 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

The parish council’s website is partially compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standard. 

Non-accessible content

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We are working to add a text alternative to all the images used on this website on an ongoing basis. When we publish new content, we now make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards. 

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on September 1, 2020. 

This website was last tested on September 21, 2020. The test was carried out by Bridson Kneale on behalf of the parish council. Bridson Kneale tested the entire website.