Accessibility

Acessibility statement

This Accessibility Statement applies to angus.gov.uk.

This website is run by Angus 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

Some parts of the site are run on external systems, and may not meet accessibility standards.

These include:

PDFs and other documents on this site

Many documents on this site are provided as PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Adobe Reader may be required to read these - this is free software which can be downloaded from Adobe's website.

In most cases, the file size is shown immediately after the link to give an indication of how long the document will take to download.

Current versions of Adobe Reader have a built-in text to speech function which enables PDF documents to be read aloud. Visit the Adobe website for more details.

We are working to reduce the number of PDFs on our website and to ensure that those which remain are accessible.

Feedback and contact information

Let us know if you have any issues or feedback regarding the accessibility of the content on this site, or if you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille.

Accessibility feedback form

For enquiries about council services please use our enquiry form.

For more information on how to contact us visit the contact the council page.

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).

Technical information about this website's accessibility

Angus 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 (WCAG) version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

It follows the accessibility guidelines issued by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

The site has been assessed by Shaw Trust Accessibility Services by people who have a wide range of disabilities and has achieved Shaw Trust Accessibility accreditation.

Shaw Trust Accessible

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reason(s):

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The Committee meetings calendar page has missing ARIA references and an incorrect heading structure. This fails WCAG success criteria 3.3.2 (Labels or Instructions) and 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). We are looking at replacing this calendar. An alternative page is available which lists forthcoming council meetings in an accessible format.

A small number of pages have missing table summaries or HTML errors. We are continuing to monitor and fix these. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

The pager control (see image below) has an h4 heading encoded in its structure. This may result in an incorrect heading hierarchy on a small number of pages, such as the News page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). We are unable to change this. User testing performed by the Shaw Trust has indicated that this is not a major accessibility problem.

Pager control

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.

We will endeavour to ensure that any new PDFs or other documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 26 June 2017. It was last reviewed on 7 March 2022 and will be reviewed every six months.

This website is tested monthly by The Shaw Trust who audit a random sample of pages each month. There is also an annual manual check by the Shaw Trust's user testing team which includes people with a range of impairments and disabilities.

We also use the Siteimprove accessibility monitoring service to identify and resolve accessibility issues. The site is scanned every five days.


Help to access council services

Deaf and hard of hearing

Use text relay on 18001 + 03452 777 778 (ACCESSLine).

Or learn about the British Sign Language interpreting service for public authorities at contactSCOTLAND.

Visually impaired

We provide alternative formats such as large print, audio or Braille can be provided. Contact ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 for details.

Interpretation and translation

We have a telephone interpretation service. We also provide information in other community languages. Contact ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778 for details.