Accessibility

This website is run by Lewes Town Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • 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:

  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

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:

We have an audio induction loop at the reception desk and in the Council Chambers.

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 us. 

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 about this website’s accessibility

Lewes Town Council is 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

  • most older PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software

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

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards, for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

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.

How we tested this website

This statement was prepared on 18 September 2020. This website was last tested by us on 18 September 2020. The test was carried out by our agents of behalf of Lewes Town Council using Site Improve and Accessibility Insights for Web

The Site Improve reports:

  • identify the current status of accessibility based on the A, AA and AAA ratings
  • identify solutions to resolve any accessibility issues
  • identify a tracking service towards compliance
  • delegate and co-ordinate any accessibility tasks to the right team. For example; content designers, web developers or user experience designers


We tested our main website platform, available at lewes-tc.gov.uk

We used this approach to decide on a sample of pages to test:

  • including the different elements of the website, for example, panels, accordions, videos and table
  • including each type of page template, content, landing page, homepage, news

 

 

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East Sussex BN7 2QS
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