Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for Website, adopted 7 September 2020

This Policy follows the UK Government’s published Sample template

This Accessibility Statement applies to Rowlands Castle Parish Council’s website: www.rowlandscastlepc.org.uk

This website is run by Rowlands Castle Parish Council.  The Council wants as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

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

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability. For more information, use this link: https://abilitynet.org.uk/

Accessibility of this website

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

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact us on clerk@rowlandscastlepc.org.uk or
Telephone 02392 413044.

We will consider your request and get back to you in 3 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘Contact’ page, call or email us on the details listed above for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are 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 contact us on the details listed in the previous section of this document.

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Rowlands Castle 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 is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to:

Issues with PDFs and other documents: Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards eg they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader. The Accessibility Regulations 2018 do not require us to fix PDFs and other documents published before 23 September 2108 if they are not essential to providing our services. Some documents published after that date may not be fully accessible either and we are currently working through such documents to see whether they can be made so.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Navigation and accessing information

Interactive tools and transactions

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

PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By October 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are currently liaising with our website designer, VoxIT, as to how much of our website we can feasible make as accessible as possible; we await a response. Once received, we will prioritise their recommendations and progress accordingly by December 2020.

Preparation of this Accessibility Statement

This Statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It is an Interim Accessibility Statement whilst our website designer verifies and confirms the details in our draft Full Accessibility Statement. Subsequently, the Statement will be reviewed at least annually but likely in a few months’ time, once our website designer’s recommendations have been received and works prioritised thereon.

This website was last tested on 22 September 2020. The test was carried out by Rowlands Castle Parish Council using the Wave Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool. In undertaking the test, we focused our sample on pages with regulatory requirements (Minutes, Agendas, Financial Information) and the Home Page itself.