This accessibility statement applies to this website (www.wandsworth.gov.uk).
This website is run by Wandsworth 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.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We have undertaken an accessibility audit to inform us about areas of the site that may be problematic for disabled users.
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- Some of our PDFs do not have titles
- Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- Some embedded content may trap users navigating by keyboard
- Some embedded content is not appropriately labelled
- Some table content requires users to scroll horizontally
- Some of our images include text
- Navigation is inconsistent on some pages
- Some of our forms are difficult to navigate by keyboard
Feedback and contact information
Some services give details of the different formats their information is available in:
The Council Tax Team can provide all of its correspondence or leaflets in large print for people with vision impairment. Please telephone 020 8871 8081.
The Housing Benefits Team offer many services for customers with special needs, including home visits, large print documents and interpreters.
Adult Social Care and Public Health
If you have difficulty in understanding any of the Adult Social Care publications, and you would like them in a different language or format please call 020 8891 7971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electoral Services offer information on voting for people with disabilities.
Corporate Business Plan
You can request large print or alternative format copies of the Corporate Business Plan.
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com.
We will consider your request and get back to you within 10 days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website.
If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or think we are not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact the Digital Team by emailing 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).
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person
You can visit us at the Customer Centre to speak to someone in person about most services, and to use our computers to access online services or use our telephones to contact Council departments.
Hearing induction loops have been fitted throughout the Customer Centre.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Wandsworth 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 partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
We have identified the following issues which affect a small number of pages:
- Some embedded content may trap users navigating by keyboard. We aim to resolve this by the end of 2022 - WCAG 2.1 Level A 2.1.2.
- Some embedded content is not appropriately labelled. We aim to identify and fix the occurrences by the end of 2022 - WCAG 2.1 level AA 2.4.6
- Some tabular content requires users to scroll horizontally. We aim to identify and fix the occurrences by the end of 2022 – WCAG 2.1 level AA 1.4.10
- Some of our images include text. We plan to identify and replace these by the end of the September 2022 - WCAG 2.1 level A 1.4.5
- Navigation is inconsistent on some pages. We will review navigation across the site by the end of 2022 - WCAG 2.1 level AA 3.2.3.
- Some of our forms are difficult to navigate by keyboard. We are reviewing our forms and look to resolve this by the end of 2022 – WCAG 2.1 level A 2.4.3.
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 23rd September 2018 unless they are essential to providing our services. For those that are essential to providing services, we plan to either fix or replace them with accessible HTML pages by the end of 2022. All new documents will be checked for accessibility at the point of publication.
Some of our older videos do not meet accessibility standards because they do not have captions. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix videos published before 23 September 2020. Any new videos we publish will include captions.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We have undertaken an accessibility audit to discover issues with our site in relation to the The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 29 November 2019. It was last reviewed on 24 February 2022.
This website was last tested in February 2022. The test was carried out by our Digital Team.
We took a sample of pages across the site that contained the essential functionality of the site; that reflected typical user journeys and the varying technologies in use and tested them against the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1.
This test sample included: the homepage, landing pages and a cross-section of content pages containing tables, calls to action, forms, external links, internal links, landing pages, images, charts, videos and unique features.
Each page was tested and checked with different browsers.
We used several tools to assist in the audit of our website:
- Wave Evaluation
- Chrome Screenreader
- w3dt Text web browser
- W3C Markup Validation Service
- Adobe Acrobat Accessibility checker
Following our last audit we have fixed a number of issues and have a programme of work to resolve those that remain.