Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement

This statement applies to the core websites managed by Buckinghamshire Council:

Other websites and tools owned and managed by the council will have their own separate accessibility statements.
As a minimum, you should be able to:

  • Zoom in up to 300% without problems.
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard.
  • Operate most of the website using a screen reader.

For information on how you can adjust your browser settings or use assistive technology to help you use our website, please visit AbilityNet.

How accessible this website is

Our core websites are partially compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA standards. However, we are constantly working to improve both our compliance and the experience of our users.

Consistent issues across our core council websites

Parts of our core websites are not fully accessible. For example:

  • some pages and document attachments are not clearly written
  • some heading elements are not consistent
  • some images do not have good alternative text
  • some buttons are not correctly identified
  • many documents in varying formats are not fully accessible

Issues specific to chiltern.gov.uk

These include:

  • some form elements which are not grouped correctly
  • some content not included in landmarks
  • some indistinguishable landmarks
  • some poor colour contrast on the homepage
  • some elements without descriptive tags

Specific issues relating to our other core websites can be found on their individual accessibility statements:

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 email equalities@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

We will consider your request and get back to you within 20 working days.

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, contact: webcontent@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

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 contact us with a complaint and you're not happy with our response contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us

If you can't hear or speak on the phone we provide a text relay service: 18001 01296 395000
Or you can contact us.

Technical Information about this website's accessibility

Buckinghamshire 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 the following issues:

Non-accessible content

Online maps and mapping services

Where online maps and mapping services appear on our website and cannot be made accessible, we will attempt to provide essential information in an accessible digital manner for cases when a map is intended for navigational use.

Documents

Some of our PDFs and other 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. We plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages as we migrate content over to our new website.

Videos

This website contains video content that does not have appropriate text or audio alternatives.

News and events

The news and events section on this website contain a number of WCAG 2.1 A & AA issues. These include instances of duplicated link text, improper use of headings and images without sufficient text alternatives.

We will be archiving this content by November 2020 and will be exclusively using the news section on our buckinghamshire.gov.uk website which meets WCAG 2.1 standards.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The colour contrast of homepage links is insufficient. (1.4.1

On some of the homepage icons on chiltern.gov.uk, the colour contrast does not meet the WCAG 2.1 AA standard of 4.5:1.

Content not included in landmarks. (1.3.1)

WAI-ARIA attributes used on many of our webpages do not include all of the relevant page content. We have briefed this into our developers and are reviewing options regarding the best approach to fixing this issue.

Landmarks on a number of pages are indistinguishable (1.3.1).

Elements which occur twice on some of our pages do not have attributes that distinguish them from one another. Our developers are reviewing the best way to resolve this issue using WAI-ARIA attributes.

Some of our interactive elements do not have the required descriptive tags (4.1.2)

This means some of our interactive widgets such as homepage carousel do not inform screen reader users of the current state of the widget.

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable

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

Documents published before 23 September 2018

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.

Any new PDFs or other documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. Where we are unable to publish accessible documents we will provide alternative methods to access this information.

Third party content

Where we choose to feature third party content or functionality on our website, we are responsible for ensuring it meets accessibility standards.
However, we are not responsible for the accessibility of third party platforms or content that is neither funded nor developed by us, or under our control. This includes:

  • third party websites that we link to from this website and any of our other digital channels
  • social media platforms
  • data we supply to national databases

What we're doing to improve accessibility

We monitor our accessibility through Siteimprove, which helps us check our website and displays any accessibility issues against accessibility standards. Our web team will continue using Siteimprove to make improvements where necessary.

Roadmap

As part of the reorganisation of local government for Buckinghamshire, the county and district councils have been replaced by Buckinghamshire Council as of 1 April 2020.

Content currently hosted on the legacy council websites will be gradually transferred over to the new Buckinghamshire Council website where it will be republished as fully accessible content. Once this is complete, the current area websites for the district councils and county council will be decommissioned.

This is a gradual process and will take place over the next couple of years. In the meantime, we plan to improve the accessibility of our existing content alongside the migration of content to the new website. Furthermore, all new content published will be fully accessible.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 19 September 2019. It was last reviewed on 23 September 2020.