ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT for Hawkshead Parish Council
Accessibility : If you have difficulty in accessing any of the documents, can't read the print, or need further assistance, please contact the Clerk on 015394 36733 or email at email@example.com
This website is run by Hawkshead 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.
For more information please go to https://mcmw.abilitynet.org.uk/
Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
Changing text size and colour
All modern web browsers allow you to change colours and font sizes. We’ve tried to create a site which doesn’t get in the way when you change these settings.
For advice on changing settings, check out the BBC’s accessibility pages.
How we run our site
Mobile and tablet friendly
Whatever device and browser you use, our site should be simple to use. If something doesn't look right, please let us know.
We try to write in plain English and avoid council jargon. If something doesn't make sense, please let us know.
Headings and page structure
Our site uses simple heading structures to make it easier to navigate, especially if you use a screen reader or other assistive device
We try our best to comply with current web standards (CSS and HTML) and accessibility guidelines. Please make sure you are using the latest version of your preferred web browser - our site is designed to get the best out of modern web standards and technologies
What to do if you cannot access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille
If you have any problems using the site, we’d really like to know. We’ll try and sort it out quickly and offer you advice.
You can email us at
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: 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).
Hawkshead 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. Hawkshead Parish Council is partially compliant as it meets most requirements of the WCAG 2.1 AA standard.
PDFs and other documents
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.
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 documents. By September 2020, 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. For example, we do not plan to fix some older PDFs.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.