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 aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk
- some link text with poor colour contrast
- some inconsistent header formatting on taglines
- some content not included in landmarks
- some landmarks as indistinguishable
- some in-line styling on tables
- some poor call to action link text
Specific issues relating to our other core websites can be found on their individual accessibility statements:
- buckinghamshire.gov.uk accessibility statement
- buckscc.gov.uk accessibility statement
- chiltern.gov.uk accessibility statement
- southbucks.gov.uk accessibility statement
- wycombe.gov.uk accessibility statement
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
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).
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.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the following issues:
Online maps and mapping services
Where online maps and mapping services appear on our website and cannot be made accessible, we will provide essential information in an accessible digital manner for cases when a map is intended for navigational use.
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 fix any remaining documents or replace them with accessible HTML pages as we migrate content over to our new website.
There are a number of videos on our website that do not have 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 link text is insufficient. (1.4.1)
Across many of the sections on aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk the colour contrast does not meet the WCAG 2.1 AA standard of 4.5:1. We have briefed this into our developers and aim to meet the AA standard by November 2020.
The tagline on many of our webpages is set to H3 which can cause issues in terms of the page reading order. (2.4.6)
The second page heading on many of our webpages is set to H3 which may cause issues for those navigating by keyboard or screen reader. We are in the process of having this corrected (to H2) and expect the issue to be resolved by November 2020.
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.
In-line styling has been used on many of our tables. (C23)
Many of the tables used on this website include in-line styling. This is due to the range of different formats of table that we use, which would make it extremely difficult to use CSS in place of these styling attributes.
A number of link and button call to actions (CTAs) do not have appropriate link text. (2.4.4)
We are aware of an issue involving the use of ‘read more’ as link text in a number of sections on this website. We have briefed this issue into our developers and expect a resolution by November 2020.
Images outside of the main page content do not have appropriate text alternatives. (1.1.1)
We are aware of an issue involving the image used in a side block (aside element) on some pages. We have briefed this into our developers and expect the issue to be resolved by November 2020.
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 have briefed the remaining technical issues into our suppliers and are expecting them to be resolved by November 2020.
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.
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 1 April 2020. It was last reviewed on 23 September 2020.