Using this website

This website is run by Austwick 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

We have also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

How accessible is this website?

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

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • Meeting agendas and minutes and many other documents are provided as pdf files.  Many, but not all of these can be read by a screen reader
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • default colour contrasts meet accessibility guidelines, with a few minor exceptions (for example the map on the ‘about us – Austwick’ page)

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need any of the information on this website in a different format, please contact us. We will consider your request and get back to you within 15 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We will seek to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us.

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 are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Compliance status

Austwick 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.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (WCAG) define requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.  They define three levels of compliance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA.  Austwick Parish Council is partially compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA.  Partially compliant means that some parts of the content do not fully comply with the accessibility standard, due to the non-compliances referred to above.

Assessment approach

Austwick Parish Council assessed the accessibility of its website by the following approach:

  • Self-evaluation
  • ‘Accessibility Insights for Web’ software

Formal approval of this Accessibility Statement

This Accessibility Statement is approved by Austwick Parish Council

Marijke Hill
Clerk to Austwick Parish Council