The Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations 2018 came into force on 23 September 2018.
The regulations aim to ensure public sector websites and mobile apps are accessible to all users, especially those with disabilities.
All new public sector websites will need to meet accessibility standards and publish an accessibility statement.
This will make clear the level of accessibility across the site or app.
Where there are barriers, the statement will inform users of alternative routes to access.
The statement will also enable users to contact the website owner if they identify issues.
We are fully committed to providing sites that meet the new regulations and have been working on revised websites since late 2019 in order to guarantee compliance.
All of our standard parish websites use shared templates and styles. In order to test our sites we created sample pages on a test site. We used the SiteImprove Accessibility Checker for the Chrome browser to conduct tests. We tested all of our templates using basic content and pictures. Our aim was to eliminate any errors or warnings found by SiteImprove.
We have eliminated all errors apart from one false positive, one issue with a third party plugin and one issue with our search box.
Issues flagged for review by the Site Improve plugin have been reviewed.