Accessibility statement for Quidhampton Parish Council

This accessibility statement applies to the website for Quidhampton Parish Council ( This page is based on the template.

This website is run by Quidhampton Parish 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
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • 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 (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

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.

How accessible this website is

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

  • some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some of our online forms may be difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • not all of our images have alt text

Our website uses the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and complies with all required elements of WordPress accessibility guidelines. We use WordPress as the developers are committed to making the platform accessible.

Please see the following links for information on how accessible individual features are:

Feedback and contact information

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

  • email

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 14 days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions.

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 the Parish Clerk.

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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people who are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

We don’t currently have any offices nor do we have audio induction loops, but if you contact us we can try to arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Quidhampton 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.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Links opening in new windows/tabs

Some links use the target attribute to specify that they should open in a new window as described in WCAG 2.0 F22. As these are identified, target attribute settings will be fixed.

Justified text

Some text uses text-align:justify to apply justified formatting as described in WCAG 2.0 F88. As occurrences are identified, this formatting will be removed.

Disproportionate burden

The website is run by volunteers and we have no capacity for major works to improve accessibility. As such, all current accessibility problems described below are classed as disproportionate burden. We intend to implement new versions of WordPress with improved accessibility features as soon as they are released.

Alt text for images

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

We do not plan to add text alternatives for all images but will do so whenever we come across missing alt text attributes. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

WordPress currently applies names to some div elements. This includes naming a div containing the navigation elements with aria-label="Menu". This is contrary to ARIA1.2.

Cannot use aria-label or aria-labelledby on elements and roles that prohibit naming: The div and span elements have an implicit role of generic and cannot be named unless they have a role attribute. The following roles cannot be named: caption code deletion emphasis generic insertion paragraph presentation strong subscript superscript

Non-unique ID attributes

WordPress uses the same ID attribute for linked css stylesheet elements. This is technically a breach of the HTML spec and so may cause rendering issues as detailed by W3C.

CSS transitions

WordPress currently uses :hover transition: transform 0.1 as a means to highlight social media icons. This is contrary to WCAG 2.1 SC 2.3.3. An alternative would be to use @media (prefers-reduced-motion) to respect user preferences. This is likely to be updated in a future release of WordPress.

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

PDFs and other documents

Some of our pdf documents are not accessible. Some of these are produced by volunteers and not under the control of the Parish Council. Some are produced by the Parish Clerk who did not have access to suitable software to produce accessible versions.

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. For example, we do not plan to fix the archive of village newsletters.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards where produced by the Parish Council. This will include minutes and agendas of meetings.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

WordPress aims to make the WordPress Admin and bundled themes fully WCAG 2.0 AA compliant, where possible. We will implement new versions of WordPress and its themes as soon as they are released.

Where we have identified accessibility issues, these will be fixed wherever possible as part of ongoing maintenance and development of the website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 6th June 2023. It was last reviewed on 6th June 2023.

This website was last tested on 6th June 2023. The test was carried out by Quidhampton Parish Council using SortSite as recommended by HMG.

Ten pages were tested linked from the homepage. The following items were tested:

WAI-ARIA 1.2Checked
JAWS Screen Reader CompatibilityNot Checked
NVDA Screen Reader CompatibilityNot Checked
VoiceOver Screen Reader CompatibilityNot Checked
Scanner BlockedChecked
PDF/UA – Matterhorn Protocol 1.02Not Checked
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act – 82 FR 5790 (2017)Checked
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0 – 2008)Not Checked
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1 – 2018)Checked
Browser Compatibility
Android Browser CompatibilityChecked latest version
Chrome Browser CompatibilityChecked latest version
Edge Browser CompatibilityChecked latest version
Internet Explorer Browser CompatibilityNot Checked
Firefox Browser CompatibilityChecked latest version
Opera Browser CompatibilityChecked latest version
Safari Browser CompatibilityChecked latest version
iPhone/iPad Browser CompatibilityChecked from version 14
Server ConfigurationChecked
Content IssuesChecked – No Spell Check
Blocked LinksChecked
User Defined ErrorsChecked
HTTP Status CodesChecked
IETF RFCsChecked
Script ErrorsChecked
Search Engine Guidelines
Google Webmaster GuidelinesChecked
Google SEO Starter GuideChecked
Google Blogs and Webmaster VideosChecked
Bing Webmaster GuidelinesChecked
SEO Best Practice – GeneralChecked
Robots.txt StandardChecked
Yahoo Webmaster GuidelinesChecked
Readability GuidelinesChecked Research-Based Web Design & Usability GuidelinesChecked
W3C Usability Best PracticesChecked
Web Standards
W3C CSS ValidationChecked
W3C Deprecated FeaturesChecked
W3C HTML ValidationChecked
List of checks conducted