To create this website we used a company that ensure its meet the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and have designed the site to meet the AA standard.
Using this website
This website is run by Southam Town 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 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
- use most of the website using a screen reader (including most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
By using the accessibility tab on the right side of the screen, you can change the text size, colours and fonts to suit your needs.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:
- some document attachments may not be clearly written
- non-descriptive link text on some links
- some links aren’t distinguishable by more than just colour
- many documents are in PDF format and are not accessible
- There may be pages with read more / click here links See WCAG 2.4 Success Criterion 4.4 Link Purpose (In Context)
Other non-accessible content
Issues with PDFs and other documents
Some of our older PDFs don’t meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader.
Many of the Councillor’s Register of Interests have hand written information so they may not be accessible to a screen reader.
The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
Due to the high volume and complexity, it is not practical to make all existing non-HTML documents on our website fully accessible. However, our policy is to only upload fully accessible non-HTML documents to our website in future and replace non-HTML documents with HTML content where applicable.
What to do if you can’t access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, please email us at email@example.com
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing 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
Southam Town Council is committed to making its website accessible, in line 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.
How we tested this website
This website was tested by Spa Web Design Limited using a combination of Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE), Google Lighthouse and in-house disability user testing as part of a comprehensive accessibility audit.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards unless we determine that they represent a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.
If you had trouble with any part of our website, please get in touch. We’d like to hear from you in any of the following ways: