This accessibility statement applies to www.ashford.gov.uk.
This website is run by Ashford Borough Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use our 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.
British Sign Language users can use the SignLive service to have a call with our customer services team interpreted by a professional.
How accessible is our website
We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:
- you can’t modify the line height or spacing of text
- most older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
- some videos don’t have captions
- some of our online forms are difficult to navigate and fill out using just a keyboard or screen reader
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format (e.g. accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille) please contact us using the following methods:
This number is active 8.30am-4pm Monday-Friday. We’ll consider your request and get back to you in five working days.
If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page then call us on 01233 331111 (press option 9) or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the digital team.
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
Information regarding a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment can be found on the Ofcom website.
Our offices have audio induction loops or British Sign Language users can use the SignLive service to have a call with our customer services team interpreted by a professional.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Ashford Borough Council is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance 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, 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
Issues on our plugins are listed below:
URL: Planning.ashford.gov.uk (ABC Planning Portal)
- Form field is not labelled – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions. We aim to have this issue fixed by 1 August 2022.
- Inline frame without a text alternative – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value. We aim to have this issue fixed by 1 August 2022.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards – for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). Some of these pdfs were previously exempt from the regulations as they were published before 23 September 2018 and weren't essential to providing our services. However, with the launch of our new website, these documents have been republished and are now in scope. We have been making these documents accessible, or replacing them as HTML content, and are continuing to work through them.
We don't intend to make some documents that are non essential to providing our services accessible. For example, we don’t plan to fix Ashford For You residents' magazine PDFs.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
Live video streams don’t have captions.
We don’t 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 31 July 2020. It was last updated on 27 January 2022.
Our website was last tested on 14 December 2021. The test was carried out by Ashford Borough Council's web team.
We have tested a representative page of each of our page templates on our website, www.ashford.gov.uk.
We are working to resolve all identified accessibility issues which are within our control.
We are working with suppliers to resolve any identified accessibility issues where we do not have direct control over their product.