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Accessibility Statement

This DRAFT accessibility statement applies to web pages on and and covers access from tablets, mobile devices and computers.

This web site is designed to allow text access to the document’s procedures and proceedings of Newton Parish Council and associated bodies and the local community.

This website is run by Newton Parish Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website, to this end we aim to provide

  • high contrast levels and accessible friendly 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 have 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:

  • You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • Some of the older images may not have ALT text

Feedback and contact information

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

We will consider your request and get back to you within 15 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think that we are not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the council offices.

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

Newton 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 compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard

Non-accessible content

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

PDF Documents will remain in the PDF format due to the excessive amount for work required to convert these documents into an accessible format. The Google PDF Viewer has been provided to mitigate this as this renders in HTML, and downloads of these documents have been implemented

Documents and Images sent to us with no accompanying text (scanned documents) cannot be easily converted, although every effort will be made to obtain text versions of these items.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some older 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 plan to add text alternatives for all current images by Early 2021. When we publish any new content, we will make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Disproportionate burden

Navigation and accessing information

There is no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

It is not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.

Some documents that we receive for publication are not in an accessible format, but are required, sometimes urgently for supporting documentation in meetings and due to time restrictions of the Newton PC team these will not be converted.

We have assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment in 2026

Historical PDFs

PDFs and other documents

Some of our older PDFs and Word documents are retained for historical reasons. We do not intend to change their format due to cost implications.

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

All New documents will be provided in an Accessible PDF or HTML format unless the original document is provided to the council as an image.

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 [any documents prior to 23rd September 2018, if a document is required please contact using the email provided].

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards where possible.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

The current improvements to the web site have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We intend to make the required amendments by December 2022.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22-4-2021. It was last reviewed on 22-4-2021.

This website has been tested by Roffesoft and Newton Parish Council.

We looked at the current most used pages and used Google Chrome Lighthouse web accessibility test program. Which gives a score of 98% for the site.