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Accessibility

Accessibility statement for Wyre Council website

Scope

This accessibility statement applies to www.wyre.gov.uk and www.wyretheatres.co.uk.

This website is run by Wyre 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
  • listen to most of the downloadable PDFs using a screen reader

We’ve 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.

Change the text size

You can use your browser to change text size for this website.

  • Internet Explorer: Select the "View" menu, then "Text size"
  • Chrome: Select the "More" menu in the top right, next to 'Zoom' choose the zoom options that you want
  • Firefox: Select the "View" menu, then "Zoom" or "Zoom text only"
  • Safari: Select the "View" menu, then "Make text bigger" or "Make text smaller"
  • Opera: Select the "View" menu, then "Zoom"

How accessible this website is

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

1. Toggle buttons within Change my preferences cannot be selected using the keyboard

2. You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text

3. Some colour contrast on navigation buttons do not meet the accessibility standard.

4. Some older PDFs published prior to September 2018 are exempt from the regulations and are not likely to work with assistive technology.

5. Some minutes and agendas hosted on Modern Gov are not accessible and are not likely to work with assistive technology.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, or braille:

Email: webofficer@wyre.gov.uk

Call: 01253 89 76 23 or 01253 88 76 16

write to: The Digital and Web Officer, Communications and Marketing team, Wyre Council, Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, FY6 7PN

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

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re 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 the Digital and Web officer.

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

We provide an audio induction loop service for people who are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Wyre 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 non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons: (Further items to be confirmed following independent audit of new site)

  • We have had to add a download to a direct debit form for customers that are unable to verify their council tax account details. This has made the form inaccessible: https://www.wyre.gov.uk/downloads/download/212/direct-debit-form
  • some older PDF documents (published prior to 23/09/2018) are not fully accessible to screen reader software and are exempt from the regulations for non-essential services provided by the council
  • Some PDF documents are produced by a third party provider and are therefore exempt under section 4.2 of the regulations, although we will make every effort to obtain an accessible version where possible

Some of our services are built and hosted through third party software and 'skinned' to look like our website such as:

  • Agendas and minutes of council meeting on the Modern Gov system provided by Civica
  • Booking services for our Wyre Theatres pages provided by Patronbase
  • Planning application search facilities provided by Public access
  • Job vacancy information and application services provided by JGP

We are working with these suppliers where possible to bring these platforms up to standard, but are unable to give a date when this will be. If you require an accessible version of any document in Modern Gov, please get in touch with us.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations 

1. WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard: Users should be able to use a keyboard to access all content and functionality of a web page. This means the page can be used by people with no vision as well as people who use alternative keyboards or input devices that act as a keyboard. Currently toggle buttons within change my preferences cannot be selected using the keyboard. We have raised a change request with our website service providers to quote for and implement a fix to ensure compliancy. This is scheduled to be fixed in December 2021.

2. WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum): Poor colour contrast makes it difficult for someone with sight loss to see the content properly. If there is a big difference between the background and foreground colours it should be much easier to see the difference between them. In sections with multiple pages the "Previous, you are on the first page" text is pale blue on white background and does not have sufficient colour contrast. In addition "Next, you are on the last page" does not have sufficient colour contrast as text is pale blue on white background. We have raised a change request with our website service providers to quote for and implement a fix to ensure compliancy. This is scheduled to be fixed in December 2021.

3. Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2021. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

4. Technical issues within the HTML as detailed in the audit report. These will be addressed by the web and digital team as detailed under the "What we are doing to improve accessibility" heading.

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable

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

Maps are exempt from the regulations, however we can provide an alternative version on request.

Live streaming – is not in scope of the Accessibility Regulations. YouTube has a built in captioning functionality that a viewer can switch on.

Pre-recorded video or audio captions: If recorded and published before 23 September 2020.

Documents on our site provided by a third party that we have not paid for (for example, a planning masterplan).

PDFs and other documents

Some of our older PDFs and Word documents 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 our PDFs documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services. By December 2021, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix the Local Plan 2011 – 2031.

Any new PDF's or other documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

How we tested this website

The content of this website was fully manually tested by the councils web and digital team between January and July 2021 prior to its launch on 2 July 2021. An independent audit was commissioned with Sitemorse and the results can be viewed here.

We tested:

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We have introduced  a rolling programme of checks and  audits on all content, downloads and links to ensure we maintain, and where appropriate improve the amount of accessible content. 

Following the Sitemorse audit we will also:

1. Carry out a full analysis of the issues, to identify:

  • what we can fix
  • what needs to be raised with our website provider to correct

2. Build ongoing fixes of accessibility errors into our regular monthly review of website content, tackling priority actions first.

3. Carry out another audit once the issues are resolved. 

This statement was prepared on 17 June 2021 and revised on 29 November 2021.