Website Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to Bishop Auckland Town Council.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

The current version of this website was launched in 2016, but some individual elements of it may not have been updated since then.

How accessible the site is

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible.

  • PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Some of the link text within the content is the same for different destinations
  • Some adjacent links point to the same destination
  • Some links should be written as lists
  • Some links can’t be used by screen readers
  • Some form controls do not have text labels
  • Some images do not have alternative text within links and some contain alternative text which is the same as adjacent text
  • Some Frames and i-frames do not have a title attribute
  • Some Form field labels don’t identify their purpose programmatically

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format or have any feedback, please email us at council@bishopauckland-tc.gov.uk

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, please use our contact us 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

Bishop Auckland Town 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 and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • PDFs: some PDFs are not machine readable, failing success criterion 1.1.1
  • PDFs: some are missing headings or headings do not cascade correctly, which fails success criterion 1.1.3
  • PDFs: some are not tagged, which fails success criterion 1.1.3
  • PDFs: some do not have a title or the titles are weak, failing success criterion 2.4.2
  • PDFs: some PDFs do not specify a default language, failing success criterion 3.1.1
  • Link Purpose: some of the link text within the content is the same for different destinations, failing success criterion 2.4.4
  • Link Purpose: some adjacent links point to the same destination, failing success criterion 1.1.1
  • Link Purpose: some should be written as lists, failing success criterion 1.3.1
  • Link Purpose: some can’t be used by screen readers, failing success criterion 4.1.2
  • Forms: some form controls do not have text labels failing success criterion 1.3.1
  • Images: some do not have alternative text within links, failing success criterion 1.1.1
  • Images: some contain alternative text which is the same as adjacent text, failing
  • success criterion 1.1.1
  • Frames and iframes: some do not have a title attribute, failing success criterion 2.4.1
  • Form fields labels: some don’t identify their purpose programmatically, failing success criterion 1.3.5

We are aware of the outstanding issues on this website and we plan to review them by September 2023.

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

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 27 February 2020. It was last reviewed on 21 September 2022 by Durham County Council.