1. Using this website
This statement applies to the Middlesbrough Council website, which is owned and ran by Middlesbrough Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- Zoom in up to 400% 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)
- View the website using any device eg Mobile phone, Tablet, Desktop computer
- View any videos that we add to this website, ensuring they are accessible to all with audio or written alternatives available where required
- View and understand content where we use colour. We will ensure that colours used have a sufficient colour contrast
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
Please note this website may not function correctly if you are using an older browser ie Internet Explorer. It is recommended if you are using Internet Explorer that you instead use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
2. How accessible is this website?
All of this website is compliant with the W3C WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standard. Any future issues that are discovered through routine testing will be added to this page.
3. What to do if you can’t access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read or audio recording:
We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 10 working days.
4. Contact us with feedback and report accessibility problems with this website
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 Digital team by emailing the issue to email@example.com.
5. 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).
6. Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Middlesbrough 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 fully compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.
7. Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they 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).
The accessibility regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we don’t plan to fix old issues of the Love Middlesbrough magazine.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we add to this website from this point forwards will meet accessibility standards.
8. How we test this website
This website is tested every 7 days. The tests are carried out by the Middlesbrough Council Digital Team using Site Improve's accessibility reports and other online accessibility reporting tools. Required changes that are discovered as a result of these tests will be implemented within two months.
9. What we are doing to improve accessibility
Our accessibility road map below shows how we aim to improve accessibility across this website.
Target fix date
|There are currently no accessibility issues on this website|
The below items were previously identified as not being accessible have now been fixed.
The following elements have been fixed in relation to accessibility
Fixed - Images containing text have been replaced with accessible images. Any text that is vital to the reading of a page has been made available for a screen reader to access, any images that have text included have been removed or replaced.
Fixed March 2020
|Fixed - We have removed the moving logo in the footer of our website and replaced this with a static image||Fixed February 2020|
|Fixed - We have removed the 'Rate this page' function that was in place on the right of every page on this website. This element was previously preventing users on the website from enlarging text and being able to read the website content correctly. Instead of the rate this page function a link to give feedback has been made available within the contact us page.||Fixed February 2020|
|Fixed - The ability to opt in for cookies to be set on this website has been added. The website remains fully accessible whether a user chooses to accept cookies or not.||Fixed in April 2020|
|Fixed - Headings and titles used across the website are set up correctly using appropriate H1 to H6 heading sizes.||Fixed in August 2020|
|Fixed - Accessible buttons have been used consistently across this website||Fixed in August 2020|
|Fixed - We have improved the readability of this website. This is through the use of plain English and bite sized chunks of text without unnecessary use of jargon||Fixed in August 2020|
|Fixed - The website now enables a screen reader to access and read aloud all elements of this website, including the footer||Fixed in August 2020|
|Fixed - The search button now has an accessible name assigned||Fixed in October 2020|
|Fixed - Heading elements used throughout the website have been re-added in sequential order, this can makes the website easier to use for those using assistive technology||Fixed in April 2021|
|Fixed - The latest news block on every page of this website has been rebuilt with best practice in mind meaning the website is easier to use for those using a screen reader||Fixed in April 2021|
|Fixed - The website was difficult to operate when viewed at 400% zoom. Changes have been made to the header of the website and the sizing of elements. The website can now be viewed at 400% zoom.||Fixed November 2021|
|Fixed - The search field was not built for best practice and those using assistive technology could struggle to operate it. A development change has been made so the search field on this website autocompletes||Fixed November 2021|
|Fixed - Some accordions on this website that are used to break up content were not built in an accessible way. All accordions have been replaced with accessible code.||Fixed December 2021|
|Fixed - All PDF's on this website which have been created or added since September 2018 are accessible.||Fixed in December 2021|
|Fixed - The latest news section which is available at the bottom of all pages was not structured correctly. This means that some users may have struggled to access this information. This section has been rebuilt in an accessible way||Fixed in January 2022|
This statement was prepared on 16/10/2019. It was last reviewed and updated on 14/01/2022.