Parish Council Website Accessibility Requirements

However, it`s not just the few pages that the local council uses on this village website that have to stick to it, it`s the whole site. Accessibility regulations do not require us to correct PDFs or other documents published before September 23, 2018 if they are not essential to the provision of our services. For example, we do not plan to correct old copies of meeting minutes. Any new PDF or Word documents we publish are designed to meet accessibility standards. This website is operated by Arlington Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to see certain images without a text alternative, so that people who use a screen reader cannot access the information. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 1.1.1 (non-text content) success criterion. We plan to add text alternatives for all images later this year. When we publish new content, we ensure that our use of images meets accessibility standards. In addition, websites from older villages are not mobile-friendly and with up-to-date data suggesting that over 70% of all internet users are made from a mobile phone, it is important to ensure that the website is highly mobile responsive in order to better serve community and parish council users.

A: As of September 23, 2020, all municipal, municipal, county and municipal councils require a WCAG 2.1 AA compliant website. A WCAG 2.1 AA compliant website based on the WordPress platform. A fully mobile-friendly website. Website administration tools to easily update all content yourself. Transparency code function. Extensive training to get you started, as well as ongoing support. Advice on explaining the accessibility of the site you may need. A quarterly analysis of WCAG2.1 AA compliance and a report highlighting any issues. Hosting SSL-protected websites on our servers in the UK.

Learn more about SSL here We handle all software updates so you don`t have to worry about them. Automatic 12-hour website backups. Continuous support whenever you need it – by email, online or phone. We ensure that your website remains GDPR compliant. Domain name management, if you need it. Additional GDPR-compliant email services for you if you need them. We are approved by JISC to work with all .gov domains. Aubergine is based in the UK and Cyber Essentials certified. We are constantly striving to improve the accessibility of this site. If you find issues that are not listed on this page, or if you believe we do not meet accessibility requirements, or if you would like to request information in an alternate format, please contact the Commission using the contact information below. However, what has become a regular question for parish clerks is whether their parish website should be compliant if the parish council pages are hosted on a parish or village website. Aubergine`s management team was founded in 2002 and has over 30 years of experience in website design and programming.

We are an 11-person team of designers and developers based in Leighton Buzzard. We have worked with organisations such as the UN, GambleAware, The Mayor`s Fund For London and the Society for Local Council Clerks, as well as councils of various sizes, from Watford City Council to Leighton Buzzard City Council. It is also important to take into account that a parish or city council, as a public body, has regulatory requirements regarding what it publishes and has its format, as well as good compliance with the GDPR regarding the data that the website collects from its users. A: The package contains all the features a board would need. Additional features and framework upgrades are being added all the time (at no extra cost) – just let the eggplant know what you`d like to see added. This website is tested annually. These tests are performed by Sitemorse. The websites of parish councils and all websites of public institutions must now comply with WCAG 2.1 AA. This regulation builds on the Equality Act 2010, which states that all UK service providers must consider “reasonable adjustments” for people with disabilities. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) ensure that web content on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices is accessible to people with disabilities.

This includes ensuring that people with visual impairments, motor difficulties, cognitive impairments, learning disabilities and hearing impairments can effectively access the content of parish council websites. Our website administrators have been fully trained in the use of our content management system. We know that some parts of this website are not fully accessible: very often, however, village or municipality websites are created through free (or inexpensive) online platforms, where it will be difficult – if not impossible – to make the necessary changes to the website to meet the needs of the parish council. Accordingly, the Commission must face the reality of leaving the current provider and ordering a WCAG 2.1AA Web site for its own use. The majority of this site is web compliant Many of our older PDF and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards, such as not being structured to be accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2. Learn more about eggplant and its website packages for advice: The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Apps) Accessibility (Websites and Mobile Apps) Regulations 2018 aim to ensure that public sector websites and mobile apps are accessible to all users, including people with disabilities. Use this website.

This means, for example, that you should be able to: We are constantly striving to improve the accessibility of this website. If you experience problems, do not send an email to the Clerk at the following address: There are many website service providers out there, but in response to requests from members looking for an industry-specific pre-built package, CCLM partnered with Aubergine, an experienced website development agency, to provide a WCAG 2.1 AA compliant website and member support package at a cost reduced. When commissioned and specified directly, WCAG 2.1 AA compliant websites can cost several thousand pounds, but we are delighted to offer all SLCC members access to website packages from £700 + VAT. A: You are not responsible for any other party`s website. If you link to another website of a public institution, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is compliant. Sometimes accessible `plugins`, `widgets` or `overlays` are offered as a solution – according to Scope, the UK`s leading disability equality charity, “they can often deteriorate the user experience of the disabled people they claim to help”. Read Scope`s article on accessibility overlays and how they are experienced by people with disabilities.