Accessibility statement

How Devon County Council websites are organised

The Devon County Council ‘website’ is made up of many separate websites and services, covering different areas of our work. Each website has its own accessibility statement, to ensure we can properly describe the accessibility for each site or service.

This accessibility statement covers the News Centre website for Devon County Council at https://www.devonnewscentre.info/ and does not cover the wider family of Devon County Council websites.

Introduction

This website is run by Devon 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 using browser settings
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen using browser settings
  • 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

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.

Translation

If you would like information on our website translated into another language, you may find one of the services listed below meets your needs. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any external website or free website translators.

Under some circumstances, for example, if you cannot read the information easily in English, you can request information in a different language from us. This includes British Sign Language, easy read or a foreign language. Please contact our customer service centre for advice.

How accessible is this website?

This website has been developed to be as accessible as possible. However, we know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:

  • some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information
  • captions on some videos are autogenerated by YouTube and may not be completely accurate
  • some content does not have enough contrast, so people with moderate visual impairments may struggle to read it
  • some controls on pages – this may include links, buttons, and fields – do not show when they have been selected by the keyboard
  • some links are not distinct enough and may be difficult for people with moderate visual impairments to read
  • some content may be difficult to navigate using a screen reader
  • some pages do not have a skip to content link, making it difficult to navigate straight to page content using a screen reader

What to do if you can’t 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, please contact us using the contact details at the end of this statement.

We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact us using the contact details at the end of this statement.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing 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

Devon County Council is committed to making its website accessible, under the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance

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.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

A few PDF documents published since September 2018 aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software. These are being reviewed and will be made accessible as soon as possible. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

A small number of videos have been published since September 2018; although captions are available on videos, they are autogenerated by YouTube and may not be completely accurate. Any new videos we create will meet accessibility standards.

A full audit of the website will be carried out where the below issues will be resolved:

  • some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. We plan to add text alternatives for all images as soon as possible
  • some content does not have enough contrast so people with moderate visual impairments may struggle to read it. We plan to fix this as soon as possible
    some controls on pages – this may include links, buttons, and fields – do not show when they have been selected by the keyboard. We plan to fix this as soon as possible
  • some links are not distinct enough and may be difficult for people with moderate visual impairments to read. We plan to fix this as soon as possible
    some content may be difficult to navigate using a screen reader. We plan to fix this as soon as possible
  • some pages do not have a skip to content link making it difficult to navigate straight to page content using a screen reader. We plan to fix this as soon as possible

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

Videos

A few of our older videos lack captions and do not meet accessibility standards. The accessibility regulations do not require us to add captions to videos produced before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

External links

This website may link to third-party, external websites or services that are not fully accessible.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We provide training to all content authors to ensure new content is accessible. We monitor this website weekly and we aim to address any issues promptly. We will be reviewing this site regularly and updating this statement accordingly.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 10 July 2020. It was last reviewed on 13 July 2020.

Every page of this website is scanned for WCAG 2.1 compliance issues using a third-party automated service on a weekly basis.

Contact us

For any enquiries about the accessibility of this website, you can contact us by:

  • emailing digitalcomms@devon.gov.uk
  • calling 0345 155 1015 and asking for the ‘Digital Communications Team’
  • post at Digital Communications Team (G59), County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4QD

British Sign Language users can contact us using an online interpreter who will relay your conversation with an appropriate member of Devon County Council staff, and then sign back to you their response to your questions.