Accessibility statement

This website is hosted by Oxfordshire County Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.

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

We are working to improve this website to make it easier to use by everyone, including those with visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, or neurological disabilities. We aim to reach the level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). These are the international standard for accessible websites and content.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible, for example:

  • many older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some images don't have descriptions of what the image shows
  • colour contrast makes it hard to read text in some parts of the website
  • information about external links that open in a new window are not communicated to touch screen readers and may cause an unexpected change in context.

Reporting problems

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility and usability of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the Digital Content Team by emailing webmaster@oxfordshire.gov.uk.

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

We are 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.

A number of images do not have appropriate alt text. This fails WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 1.1.1 (non-text content). When we publish new content, we'll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

There are several issues that fail WCAG 2.1 level A success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships). These are that: some tables don't have summaries or headings; HTML is used to format some content; some headings are missing text; some menus have many options; some local links do not have destinations; some forms contain check boxes or buttons that are not grouped and named; some forms have labels that are not explicitly connected to anything; some pages have two or more landmarks of the same type that have not been named; some pages have content that is not included in landmarks; some pages have  landmark types that do not match the purpose of the sections they are applied to. We'll try to fix these issues by March 2021.

Some links are only identified by colour. This fails WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 1.4.1 (use of colour). We'll try to fix this issue by March 2021.

On some pages the colour of the text and the colour of the background are not in sufficient contrast to each other. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.4.3 (Contrast, minimum). We'll try to fix this issue by March 2021.

Some images contain text. This fails WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 1.4.5 (images of text). We'll try to fix this issue by March 2021. 

On some pages there is no option to skip repeated content. This fails WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 2.4.1 (bypass blocks). We'll try to fix this issue by March 2021. 

Some pages have the same link text going to different destinations, so people might not know the difference. Some image links are missing alternative text stating the purpose of the link. These fail WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 2.4.4 (link purpose, in context).  We'll try to fix this issue by March 2021.  

Some pages have an error message that cannot be read my all assistive technologies. This fails WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 3.3.1 (error identification). We'll try to fix this issue by March 2021. 

Some forms contain check boxes or buttons that are not grouped and named. This fails WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 3.3.2 (labels or instructions). We'll try to fix this issue by March 2021. 

Some landmarks have redundant attributes that don’t provide the user with any additional information. This fails WCAG 2.1 level A success criteria 4.1.2 (name, role, value). We'll try to fix this issue by March 2021. 

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services but may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criteria 4.1.2 (name, role value).

By March 2021, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible versions.

Disproportionate burden

We believe that the cost required to fix some of these issues may be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.

We are currently making an assessment of all issues identified so far.

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).

The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we don’t plan to fix old PDF reports that might still be published and accessed through our website. 

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish should meet accessibility standards.

How we tested this website

This website was last tested in September 2020. The test was carried out by manually by our Digital Content Team as well as using SiteImprove Accessibility Checker for automated testing of the full website.

We are testing:

  • our insight website - insight.oxfordshire.gov.uk

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We're doing our best to try fix the issues outlined above. We continually monitor the accessibility compliance of our site and have weekly automated updates. Improving our site is part of the Digital Team’s daily work.

This statement was prepared on 4 September 2020. It was last updated on 6 November 2020.