THIS ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT APPLIES TO:
The West of England Combined Authority website www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk
The West of England Growth Hub website www.wearegrowth.co.uk
The Invest Bristol & Bath website www.bristolandbath.co.uk
The South West Energy Hub www.swenergyhub.org.uk
These websites are run by the West of England Combined Authority, operating as the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). We want as many people as possible to be able to use these websites.
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.
HOW ACCESSIBLE ARE THESE WEBSITES?
We know that some parts of these websites aren’t fully accessible:
- some of our third party systems cannot be altered thus providing inaccessible content such as un-titled iframes or unlabelled forms.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU CAN’T ACCESS PARTS OF THESE WEBSITES
If you need any information on these websites in a different format, you can contact us:
By email: Comms@westofengland-ca.gov.uk
Or call us: 0117 428 6210
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.
REPORTING ACCESSIBILITY PROBLEMS WITH THIS WEBSITE
We are in the process of improving the accessibility on these websites and appreciate that access for people is a priority.
If you find any issues that are not highlighted in the ‘How accessible these websites are’ section of this statement or think we’re not meeting certain goals, contact us.
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
We are committed to making our websites accessible, in accordance with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
These websites are compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard:
CONTENT THAT IS NOT WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE ACCESSIBILITY REGULATIONS
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 December 2025, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
The Public Sector Body Accessibility Regulations 2018 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.
Live video streams do not have captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.4 (captions, live).
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
Third party systems
We have a number of third-party systems that cannot be altered, this cause issues with the following:
- Unlabelled form elements
- Untitled iframes
- Incorrect table coding
WHAT WE’RE DOING TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY
We are working on our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on these websites.
Our websites will be monitored for accessibility issues to allow all members of the team to react to any issues. Tests will be automated and manual. Training will be provided to all editors with accessibility at the forefront.
PREPARATION OF THIS ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT
This statement was prepared on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on Tuesday, 22 September 2020.
These websites were last tested on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. The tests were carried out by HeX Productions, ShawTrust Accessibility Services and the West of England Combined Authority communications team.
We used this approach to test all pages through automated methods and a set number of customer journeys through manual methods. This ensures all templates and layouts have been tested.
- Contact: Communications Team
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 0117 428 6210
- Address: 3 Rivergate, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6EW