Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018
The Regulations came into force on 23 September 2018 and implement the EU Directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies. The purpose is to improve the accessibility of public sector websites (including Parish Council sites) so that they can be used by as many people as possible – this builds on the existing obligations to disabled people under the Equality Act 2010 and the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.
Accessibility Statement for Templeton Community Council Website
This website is run by Templeton Community Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. The website layout and text has been made as simple as possible to understand. Visitors should be able to navigate the website using just a mouse, mouse pointer and keyboard. The government has produced an excellent guide for disabled computer users. This can be found at AbilityNet (https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/) It has detailed advice on making your device easier to use. This covers such things as making your screen images and text larger, using a text reader to convert text to sound, using Voice Recognition to control your computer, increasing mouse pointer sizes etc. etc.
Technical Information about this website’s accessibility
Templeton Community 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 is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (https://www.w3.TR.WCAG21/) AA standard. Following a detailed examination of our website’s features against the detailed government checklist we have identified some areas where we are not fully compliant
• It is not possible to navigate the website purely by keyboard
• There is only one way to find content (i.e. no search engine)
• ARIA* (see below for definition) markup has not been used
• Where extra content is shown or hidden on focus, it cannot be dismissed, interacted with (and not disappear when the user moves to it) and does not stay visible until dismissed by the user.
The website designers are aware of the accessibility issues, and are currently working on a rebuild which will incorporate ARIA markup standards and make us fully compliant. The timescale is not yet known but will be advised in due course.
How we tested this website.
The website was last tested on 28th, 29th and 30th April 2020, with an update done 12th December 2020. The test was carried out by the Clerk. We used the WCAG2.1 level AA Primer published by the Uk Government as our checklist as well as testing using the wave accessibility testing website ( https://wave.webaim.org ). A copy of the results are shown as the end of this statement.
We also do periodic checks using the Chrome Lighthouse accessibility checker. On the last check on 6th August 2020 the site achieved a rating of 96%
What to do if you cannot access part of this website:
If you need information on this website in a different format like PDF, large print etc. please contact [email protected] . We will consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days. If you cannot view the map on our ‘Contact us’ page, please email [email protected] for directions.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of our website. If you find any problems that are not already listed, or you think we are not meeting the accessibility requirements, contact the Clerk on [email protected]
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 are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) ( https://www.equalityadvisoryservice.com/).
This statement was prepared on 28th April 2020 by Mrs. Vicky Mitchell - Templeton Community Clerk.
* Definition of ARIA:
WAI-ARIA, the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite, defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML,
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