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Accessibility Statement

NOTE: THIS PAGE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT

We are still developing our Accessibility Policy, and until it is complete and the Policy approved by the Parish Council, it remains in draft form. While the policy is being developed, this page will undergo frequent change! Once complete and approved, this notice will be removed, and a PDF version of the page will also be made available. The policy is based on the model policy dated 12 July 2019 that was published at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sample-accessibility-statement/sample-accessibility-statement-for-a-fictional-public-sector-website
The model statement was cut and pasted into this page, and we are going through the process of adapting it to our needs.

Accessibility statement for www.greatgransdenpc.org.uk

This website is run by Great Gransden Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • 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 (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
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.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
  • the text will not reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader

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, easy read, audio recording or braille:
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us using the above address for directions.

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, contact: [provide details of how to report these issues to your organisation, and contact details for the unit or person responsible for dealing with these reports].

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

Sorry, we do not provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

We do not have an office.The room in which we hold our meetings does not have audio induction loops.

Find out how to contact us on our contact page.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Great Gransden Parish Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

[Note: say that the website is fully compliant if the website meets WCAG 2.1 AA standard in full. Say that it’s partially compliant if it meets most requirements of the WCAG 2.1 AA standard. If it does not meet most requirements of the WCAG 2.1 AA standard, say that it’s not compliant. There’s a legally required form of wording here, so do not change it. The 3 options are as follows:]

This website is fully compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-accessible sections are listed below.


[Note: delete the options that do not apply.]

Non accessible content


[Note: if the website is fully compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standard, you can leave the ‘Non accessible content’ section out.

Otherwise, do not change the ’Non accessible content’ heading or the ‘The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons’ sentence - they’re legally required.

Do not change the ‘Non compliance with the accessibility regulations’, ‘Disproportionate burden’ and ‘Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations’ subheadings: they’re also legally required.

But if you need to list a lot of problems, you can break these subsections up with further subheadings - for example, ‘Navigation and accessing information’ or ‘Interactive tools and transactions’.]


The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

[Note: In this subsection, list:
accessibility problems
which of the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria the problem fails on
when you plan to fix the problem

Do not include any problems where you’re claiming disproportionate burden, or where the problem is outside the scope of the accessibility regulations (those should go in the subsections below).]


Disproportionate burden

Images with no alternate text

Some images on 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).

Most of the non-compliant images on the website are icons placed by the underlying web server platform (Google Classic Sites) and outside our control. We plan to add text alternatives for all images under our control by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards. We are investigating alternative web server platforms to which we could migrate, with comparable ease of use for the web site maintainers.

Navigation and accessing information

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option). This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (bypass blocks). See above about moving to an alternative web server platform that could enable us to address this issue.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with images with no alternative text. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when we have discovered an affordable alternative web server platform.

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

[Note: in this subsection list:
accessibility problems that fall outside the scope of the accessibility regulations
which of the WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria the problem fails on]

PDFs and other documents

Many 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 are essential to providing our services. For example, we publish meeting agendas and minutes as PDFs. By September 2020, 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’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to inspect or fix minutes or agendas originally published before the September 2018 deadline.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

Live video streams do not have captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.4 (captions - live).

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. Also, at present there are no plans to provide video or video streams on our website!

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 31 December 2018. The test was carried out by Great Gransden Parish Council.

Our approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test is documented in the accessibility test report.

We tested:
You can read the full accessibility test report.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility


[Note: publishing an accessibility roadmap is optional. It’s a good idea to publish one if you want to be specific about the order you’re planning to tackle accessibility issues, and there’s no space to do so in the accessibility statement itself.]

Our accessibility roadmap [add link to roadmap] shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

This statement was prepared on 31 December 2019. It was last updated on 31 December 2019.