Accessibility Statement

This statement was adopted on 4th February 2020

Accessibility statement for northhuishparishcouncil.co.uk

This website is run by North Huish Parish Council. You should be able to:

  • view this site on a wide range of screen sizes
  • 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

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

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

  • some PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format, please contact us:

  • e-mail clerk@northhuishparishcouncil.co.uk
  • telephone (01364) 72713
  • write to the Clerk at Lower Moor, Church Walk, Avonwick, South Brent, TQ10 9EJ

We are keen to match the accessibility of this website to the needs of our parishioners. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting your accessibility requirements, you can use the same contact details to get in touch.

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

You can telephone the Clerk on (01364) 72713, and you are welcome to attend our public meetings. Contact details for individual councillors are available here.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

North Huish 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.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some PDFs are not structured with machine-readable headings. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.10 (Section Headings) and WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

We plan to make sure that documents designed by North Huish Parish Council are correctly formatted by September 2020.

Disproportionate burden

Statutory PDFs

Some of our statutory documents are presented as PDFs containing scanned images of official forms. This fails the most basic requirements of WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content).

Until we are supplied with official versions of these documents which allow us to meet the accessibility requirements, improving these documents would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will reassess this each year.

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

PDFs and other documents

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

Some of these PDFs are legally required to be published and based on official forms. For example, we have PDFs with accounting and governance information.

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 archived copies of our minutes, agendas or statutory documents.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards where we may legally take steps to do so.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested in November 2019. The test was carried out by Cllr Tristram Grevatt.

Due to the small number of parishioners who form the target for the NHPC website, and the high costs of contracting a third party to carry out a detailed accessibility check, we have restricted our checks to a basic check of the site’s accessibility in accordance with government guidelines at www.gov.uk/government/publications/doing-a-basic-accessibility-check-if-you-cant-do-a-detailed-one

We tested our main website, available at www.northhuishparishcouncil.co.uk and www.northhuishparishcouncil.com according to the guidance given at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/doing-a-basic-accessibility-check-if-you-cant-do-a-detailed-one/doing-a-basic-accessibility-check-if-you-cant-do-a-detailed-one