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Accessibility statement Lynesack and Softley Parish Council

www.lynesackandsoftleyparishcouncil.co.uk

This website is run by Lynesack and Softley 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 (https://mcmw.abilityney.org.ik) 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:

  • the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • 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
  • there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘contact us’ page

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, audio recording or braille:

  • email lynesackandsoftleyparishcouncil@outlook.com
  • call 07920820466
  • write to us at: Helmington Manor, Helmington Row, Co. Durham DL15 0SA

We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible..

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions at  lynesackandsoftleyparishcouncil@outlook.com

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:

Parish Clerk

Lynesack and Softley Parish Council
Helmington Manor
Helmington Row
Co.Durham
DL15 0SA

Email: lynesackandsoftleyparishcouncil@outlook.com

Tel: 07920820466

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). (https://www.equailtyadvisoryservice.com/)

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Parish Clerk

Lynesack and Softley Parish Council
Helmington Manor
Helmington Row
Co.Durham
DL15 0SA

Email: lynesackandsoftleyparishcouncil@outlook.com

Tel: 07920820466

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Lynesack and Softley 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 partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exceptions 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 23rd September 2018.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

We will do all we can to identify content that is non-compliant

Navigation and accessing information

It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.

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

PDFs and other documents

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 [example of non-essential document].

Any new PDFs we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to improve accessibility on this website by addressing non-compliance issues (where possible) by September 2020.

We will provide staff training to ensure that all new content added meets accessibility criteria.

We also run reports every 6 months to identify and address accessibility issues.

This statement was prepared on 18 September 2020.
It was last updated on 29 November  2020.