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Accessibility statement

Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to content published on the Chesterfield Borough Council website. 

This accessibility statement applies to only. This website is run by Chesterfield Borough Council.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website. For example you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without any problems
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • use most of the website using a screen reader

We are also working to make the information on this website easier to understand.

Make your device easier to use

Most devices and web browsers have their own built in accessibility aids or assistive technology to help you to access the internet. 

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

This includes advice on how to:

  • make text larger 
  • magnify the screen
  • change fonts and colours
  • make your mouse pointer easier to see 
  • use your keyboard instead of a mouse
  • make your device talk to you

You can also translate this website to your preferred language by using the language tool at the top of each page. 

How accessible this website is

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

  • you can’t skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • you can't modify the line height or spacing of text
  • you can't change colours, contrast levels and fonts - but you may be able to do this in your browser
  • map based content is not fully accessible – we have provided text alternatives for information they contain
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some of our older videos may not have captions or may rely on auto-generated captions which may not be completely accurate
  • video content doesn’t contain audio descriptions or full transcripts
  • our secure online forms are not currently accessible

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information in a different format please contact us:

We will need to know:

  • the address (URL) of the web page
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need, for example, audio, braille, large print or accessible PDF

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

If you can’t use a location map on our website please call or email us to ask for directions.

We can also provide a telephone-based interpretation service if English is not your first language.

Find alternative ways to contact us.

Feedback and 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, please contact us:

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Chesterfield 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.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1 AA standard due to non-compliance and exemptions, see below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations:

Some parts of our site have a contrast ratio that is less than the 4.5:1 minimum allowed. 

HTML not formed correctly
On some pages the HTML has not been formed correctly. 

PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and other document types may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Where a PDF or other document is essential to providing our services we will fix it or replace it with an accessible HTML page. 

Our pre-recorded videos are published to YouTube with captions enabled. Older videos may rely on auto-generated captions which may not be completely accurate. We don’t provide audio description or full transcripts for our videos. We will ensure that videos that we publish in the future contain appropriate captions. 

Online forms
Our secure online forms are not currently accessible. These transactions will be gradually migrated to a new customer portal that launched in October 2020.

Disproportionate burden

We haven't categorised any of the accessibility issues on as a disproportionate burden to fix within the meaning of the regulations.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Pre-recorded videos
Some of our older videos do not have captions and do not meet accessibility standards. The accessibility regulations do not require us to add captions to videos produced before 23 September 2020 if they are not essential to providing our services. 

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

PDFs and other documents
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. 

External links
This website links to third-party, external websites or services that may not be fully accessible.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We have already fixed many accessibility issues on in the lead up to the regulations deadline of 23 September 2020, and will continue to monitor and make improvements. Our progress of improvement can be found on the Sitemorse® INDEX for local government.

We use Sitemorse® ContentQA to assess the accessibility of our website. A sample of 125 pages is tested and reviewed on a weekly basis.

We will also carry out manual checks using WAVE web accessibility evaluation tool.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 23 September 2020, and was last reviewed on 28 April 2021.

We test this website internally, in the following ways:

  • WCAG 2.1 compliance using Sitemorse® ContentQA automated service (scanned every seven days and reviewed regularly)
  • colour contrast checkers

We carry out our testing based on a sample of pages that includes a variety of layouts, styles and functionality.

The full website was tested on 7 September 2020 prior to preparation of this statement.

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Last updated on 02 November 2021