Accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to the Follow the cabinet website located at followthecabinet.essex.gov.uk.

This website is run by Essex County 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:

  • Some elements have no focus styles meaning they are not highlighted for keyboard only users
  • There is no mechanism to skip past repeated content
  • The cookie banner cannot be dismissed with some assistive technologies
  • Zooming in without dismissing the cookie banner first will make it impossible to view the page content
  • When increasing font-size some text is impossible to read as it overlaps other elements
  • Some graphics have low contrast include text and have no alternatives
  • Not all content is included in landmarks making it difficult for users of assistive technologies to navigate between sections on the page
  • Headings are used for dates making some sections confusing
  • Page titles are ambiguous and offer no insight into the page content
  • The expandable menu in the archive section offer no information to screen reader users as to whether items are expanded or collapsed.

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:

  • We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 20 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, contact external.communications@essex.gov.uk.

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Essex County 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.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The location of the keyboard is not visually obvious, so keyboard only users will not know where they are on a webpage. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus Visible).

We plan to add focus styles to all interactive elements by 1 June 2021

There is no mechanism to skip repeated content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (Bypass blocks)

We plan to add skip links to repeated content by 1 June 2021

There are instances where the visible label does not match the accessible name making it difficult for users of assistive technologies to interact with certain elements. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion (Label in name)

We plan to make the accessible name identical to the visible label by 1 June 2021

When zooming in to 400% elements overflow the page meaning you cannot see the content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 (Reflow)

We plan to ensure that all elements reflow correctly when changing zoom levels by 1 June 2021.

When increasing font size to 200% many text elements overflow and overlap. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4 (Resize text)

We plan to ensure that when resizing text all content can read by 1 June 2021

Some items do not meet the minimum requirements for contrast making it difficult for users with visual impairments to see. This fails success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum))

We plan to improve the contrast ratios to meet the minimum requirements by 1 June 2021

Some graphics do not meet the minimum requirements for contrast making them difficult for users with visual impairments to see. This fails success criterion 1.4.11 (Non-text contrast)

We plan to improve the contrast on all graphics by 1 June 2021

Some graphics include text with no suitable alternative making it impossible for some users to understand the purpose of the image. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.5 (Images of text)

We plan to ensure all images are free from text by 1 June 2021

Some images have inaccurate alternative text making it impossible to understand the purpose of the image. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content)

We plan to ensure all images have accurate alternatives by 1 June 2021

Some content is not included in landmarks and some landmarks do not exist making it difficult for users of assistive technologies to navigate. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships)

We plan to add the correct landmarks to all content by 1 June 2021.

Some content is implemented using heading tags which are not actually headings. This can confuse users as to the importance of the content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (Headings and Labels)

We plan to ensure headings are all used correctly by 1 June 2021

Some inputs have no labels making it difficult understand the purpose of the input. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 (Labels or instructions)

We plan to ensure all inputs have accurate and useful labels by 1 June 2021

Page titles are not useful or unique meaning users of assistive technologies may not the purpose of the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (Page titled)

We plan to add descriptive and unique titles to all pages by 1 June 2021

Some elements that require aria controls to ensure they can be understood and operated with assistive technologies have no way of interacting with them or determining their states. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value)

We plan to ensure all elements have the right attributes at the right time by 1 June 2021.

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

PDFs and other documents

Most of our older PDFs and downloadable documents do not meet accessibility standards. However, we plan to ensure that moving forward all PDFs meet WCAG 2.1 Accessibility standards.

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 documents that are essential to providing our services, such as: -

  • Information on how users can access our service
  • Forms published in word documents and PDFs

we are developing a strategy to ensure that they are made accessible.

The strategy prioritizes PDFs that are opened/used regularly or have information that is a statutory requirement. We are also developing training and guidance to help all document creators develop accessible documents.

Our plans are to ensure that all essential PDFs meet accessibility regulations by 1 June 2021.

Live Video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 18 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 18 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 7 September 2020. The test was carried out by Essex County Council.