Accessibility Statement

Accessibility statement for Great Baddow Parish Council
This accessibility statement applies to greatbaddowparishcouncil.gov.uk.

This website is run by Great Baddow 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.

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand and provided a special accessibility widget from accessiBe to help tailor the website for your own individual requirements. Please click on the blue icon displayed at the bottom left of all pages on this website to use this tool and read the accessiBe accessibility statement here https://accessibe.com/?statement=greatbaddowparishcouncil.gov.uk.

accessiBe adapts websites for user needs of people with visual, hearing and motor impairments, and other functional disabilities. An AI-based tool scans our website and automatically provides key modifications to transmit data and accessible content to end-users. This fully automated compliance solution makes our website compliant with the entire Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1(WCAG), ADA, Section 508, other worldwide legislation, and major data protection regulations, including GDPR and CCPA.

You can now change your accessibility profile to;

  • Epilepsy Safe Profile
  • Visually Impaired Profile
  • Cognitive Disability Profile
  • ADHD Friendly Profile
  • Blind Users Profile
  • Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired)

Your accessiBe settings will be automatically saved in your browser’s cache for future visits.

AbilityNet also has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability, if required.

How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software


Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

  • email admin@greatbaddowparishcouncil.gov.uk
  • call 01245 472937

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us for directions.

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:

  • email admin@greatbaddowparishcouncil.gov.uk
  • call 01245 472937


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).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
Our offices do not have audio induction loops, if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Contact us by email admin@greatbaddowparishcouncil.gov.uk.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Great Baddow 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.

Compliance status
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).

However, the accessiBe AI Engine automatically scans and adds generated alt tags to all images without alt tags for the moment. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards, by including our own descriptive alt tags.

Our PDF documents are currently non-complaint. We aim to make all new PDF documents compliant using Microsoft Word’s accessibility check going forwards. However, not all PDF’s generated from accessible Word Documents are still accessible according to Adobe Acrobat’s own accessibility checks, so this is currently causing an issue. We hope to resolve this issue by December 2021.

Disproportionate burden

Navigation and accessing information

There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.

It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.

Interactive tools and transactions

Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.

Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will revisit this assessment in December 2021.

However, in the meantime we have partnered with accessiBe to resolve these issues using their AI-driven tool for web accessibility.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents
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 minutes and agendas for previous meetings.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet Microsoft Word accessibility standards, and eventually the Adobe Acrobat accessibility standards (where possible see earlier note).

What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We are continually looking at how we can improve our accessibility and we looking to make further additions by December 2020, including the completion of our accessibility roadmap.

In the meantime, we have partnered with accessiBe to resolve these issues using their AI-driven tool for web accessibility.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 10th September 2020. It was last reviewed on 18th September

This website was last tested on 20th August 2020. The test was carried out by Sue Lees Consultancy. If you would like a copy of the full accessibility report please email sue@suelees.co.uk.

accessiBe is being used to regularly test the website (normally every 24 hours) and fix any issues using the accessiBe AI software. Please see the latest accessiBe accessibility report here.