RYHALL PARISH COUNCIL
This policy explains how accessible the documents that Ryhall Parish Council publish on our website. It covers PDF’s. spreadsheets, and other documents. It does not cover content linked to Rutland County Council which will be covered by their own Accessibility Statement.
Using Our Documents
The parish council publish documents in a range of formats, including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PDF documents. We want as many people as possible to be able to use these documents. For example when we produce a document we make sure we
- Tag headings and other parts of the document properly so screen readers can understand the page structure
- Make sure we include alt text alongside non decorative images so people who cannot see them understand what they are there for
- Avoid using tables except when we are presenting data
- Write in plain English
How accessible our documents are
New documents we publish and documents you need to download or fill in to access one of the services we provide should be fully accessible.
However we know that some of our older documents ( published before Sepember 23 2018) are not accessible. Some examples are
Just photocopies and not marked up in the way that allows a screen reader to understand them; are not tagged properly – for example do not contain proper headings or are not in plain English.
This mostly applies to our transparency documents, financial reports , meeting agendas, reports and minutes, annual reports , policies and publications. These types of documents are exempt from regulations, so we do not currently have plans to make them accessible. But if you need to access the information in one of these document types, you can contact us and ask for an alternative format.
Call 01778 590671
Write to us at 1, The Paddocks, Carlby, Stamford Lincs PE9 4NH
We will consider your request and get back to you within 10 working days
Reporting accessibility problems with one of our documents not listed on this page or you think we are not meeting accessibility requirements contact us as above.
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 are not happy with how we response to your complaint contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service ( EASS)
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Ryhall Parish Council is committed to making its website accessible in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies ( Websites and Mobile Applications ) ( No2) Accessibility Regulations 2018
The documents Ryhall Parish Council published are 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
A few of our documents have diagrams. These images do not have a text alternative, so the information in them is not available to people using a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 ( non – text content) after September 2018. When we publish new documents we will make sure our use of diagrams meets accessibility standards.
Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
Not all documents on this website are created by us. Some documents and content may be created by third parties or using third party software. Where this is the case we will endeavour on request to obtain an accessible copy from the original source or to convey the information contained in the document in an accessible way.
Many of our older PDF’s and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards for example they may not be structured so they are accessible to a screen radar.
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDF’s or other documents published before 23rd September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services . We do not for example plan to fix meeting agendas or Minutes for meetings which were published prior to September 23rd 2018.
Some of our PDF’s and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example , we have PDF’s with information on how users can access our services and forms published as word documents. By September 2020, where possible, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
Any new PDF’s or word documents created by us will meet accessibility standards
How we tested our documents – carried out by Rutlandweb.
We tested a meeting agenda, an application form, a financial report and a summary of fees and charges
What we are doing to improve accessibility
We intend to run quarterly reports to identify and address accessibility issues.
This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020