Badger Parish Council Website Accessibility Statement


This website is run by Badger Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website and, to this end, we are committed to making this website accessible and fully compliant, in accordance with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Under the Equality Act 2010 we must ensure we do not unlawfully discriminate in our service delivery and make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities where necessary. We are constantly working to improve the accessibility and usability of our site. 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.

Website accessibility

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible which are:

  • agendas, meeting minutes, policies and account documents which are uploaded in .pdf and Microsoft Office formats (Microsoft Word .doc, .docx and Microsoft Excel, .xls). These documents cannot be read with a screen reader

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format such as accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

Your request will be considered and we will get back to you within 21 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: Badger Parish Council Clerk giving the page title and the nature of the problem.

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 the website's accessibility

Badger 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.

Compliance status

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

  • 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.  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. Any new PDFs or Word documents will be published in line with accessibility standards

Disproportionate burden

  • It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content
  • It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping
  • Our forms are built and hosted through third party software. WCAG compliance for certain components is dependent on certain WCAG compliancy features being included in future software releases

Content that's not within the scope of accessibility regulations

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and those forms published as Word documents. 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. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. The following list of items are included on the website and are not within the scope of the accessibility regulations:

  • PDFs/documents (pre-September 2018)
  • Interactive maps unless they provide core information
  • Content that’s under someone else’s control that we haven’t paid for or developed how we test the site

What we are doing to improve accessibilty

A review will be conducted annually to ensure that any areas needing improvement will be addressed by future software releases.

 Preparation of this accessibilty statement

 This statement was prepared on 8th December 2020. It will be reviewed at Annual Parish Council Meetings that are usually held in May.