Accessibility statement for www.ipswich.gov.uk.
This website is run by Ipswich Borough Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
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.
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact us using the details on our contact us page.
We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility 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 Web Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
Ipswich 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.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to non-compliances and exemptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Some images don’t have a text alternative, so the information in them isn’t available to people using a screen reader. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images by March 2022.
Some images contain text, so people with dyslexia or using a screen reader will not be able to read the information. This doesn't meet WCAG success criterion 1.4.5 (images of text). We plan to remove images containing text by March 2022.
When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
On some pages the same link text is used for links going to different destinations, so people might not know the difference. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose, in context). We plan to make links and link destinations clear all pages by March 2022.
On some pages, links don’t have a text alternative, so people might not know the purpose of the link or what they can expect to find after they click it. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose, in context). We plan to add text alternatives to links on all pages by March 2022.
On some pages the image link is missing an alternative text stating the purpose of the link, this can be problematic for visitors who are blind or have low vision. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (link purpose, in context). We plan to add alternative text to image links on all pages by March 2022.
When we publish new pages, we’ll make sure link text meets accessibility standards.
Many of our PDFs and other document types may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. This fails WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 Name, Role Value. We aim to ensure the top 10% most viewed documents on our website are accessible.
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 criterion 4.1.2 (Name, role value).
By March 2022, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish should meet accessibility standards.
We cannot always guarantee that documents produced by external organisations, and published on our websites, are fully accessible.
We have to host a considerable number of documents in relation to the local plan and neighbourhood plans and it is not possible to get all the different organisations to adhere to our accessibility requirements.
If this is the case and you need a document in an accessible format, please contact us
Overflow: hidden is used in our News section on the homepage to prevent text from rendering outside of the specified area. This clips the content at the edge of its container and makes the overflow invisible. This can cause issues for people using keyboard only navigation as it takes them to hidden content that they are unable to see and there is no visible keyboard focus to help them identify where they are on the page. We plan to resolve this by March 2022.
On some pages, the italics-tag 'i' is used to highlight text. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships. We plan to remove italics tags, (except where they are necessary for a legal term) by March 2022.
We don't categorise any of the accessibility issues on www.ipswich.gov.uk as a disproportionate burden to fix within the meaning of the regulations (with the exception of PDFs and other documents).
We've published a disproportionate burden assessment that explains:
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word or PDF documents. By March 2022, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
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.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
We will continue working towards meeting WCAG level AA for the current version of ipswich.gov.uk, including:
When we launch the next version of ipswich.gov.uk, we will aim for it to meet WCAG level AAA.
This statement was prepared in September 2020. It was last reviewed in December 2021.
A detailed accessibility check of www.ipswich.gov.uk was last carried out in November 2021 by Ipswich Borough Council.
We carried out our testing based on a sample of our most used pages, forms, documents and other media.
We used a combination of methods to check this website, including: