Website Accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to the sheffieldcityregion.org.uk website.

This website is run by Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. 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 know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • live video streams do not have captions
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader

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 governance@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk
  • call 0114 220 5000 and ask for the Governance Team

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 14 days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, call or email us enquiries@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk 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: the Governance Team governance@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

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

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.

Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit, we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Find out how to contact us https://sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/contact/

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (aka Sheffield City Region Combined Authority) 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

On our Webcast page and Access to Finance page some images do not contain descriptive alt tag text

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 Non-Text Content

On our Contact page, What we do page and webcast page, some content specifies foreground text colour, but does not specify background colour. Some elements have a poor colour contrast ratio. Text uses px instead of percent or em for font size.

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) 1.4.6 Contrast (Enhanced) 1.4.8 (Visual Presentation)

The search button cannot be accessed via the keyboard on all pages except our Contact Growth Hub Form, Webcast page, Access to Finance Page and PDFs.

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 Keyboard

The social media links/icons under ‘our social’ in the footer do not have discernible text on all pages except on our Contact Growth Hub Form, Webcast page, Access to Finance Page and PDFs.

The ‘northern powerhouse’ logo on the Explore Our Projects Page also does not have discernible text.

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) and 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value

Zooming and scaling is disabled on all pages except on our Contact Growth Hub Form, Webcast page, Access to Finance Page and PDFs.

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4 Resize Text

Form elements do not have labels in areas such as

  • Text entry fields
  • Radio buttons
  • Checkboxes
  • Select menus

On our Contact page and the Contact Growth Hub page including the radio buttons.

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships and 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value

There is no visible focus for the ‘ok’ button on the cookies notice on the Webcast page.

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 Focus Visible

We plan to fix these issues by 1st September 2021.

Disproportionate Burden

Navigation menus often collapse into fewer items or into a single menu button to take up less space. All content and functionality must still be fully available.

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 Reflow

In the mobile view and at 400% our Twitter feed carousel does not reflow and much of the content overlaps

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 Reflow

There is no visible keyboard tab focus on pages other than our Contact Growth Hub Form, Webcast page, Access to Finance Page and PDFs.

This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 Focus Visible

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation menus, and the loss of content when enlarging text or in a mobile view and the absence of visible focus we believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. However, we are in the process of moving our website to a new platform which will resolve these issues. We will make another assessment before the new site goes live on 1st September 2021.

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

PDFs and other documents

Our Board papers and other governance documents and strategies are PDFs and Word 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 services. The Combined Authority does not provide ‘services’ but has functions relating to economic development and transport.

Any new PDFs or Word 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. However, a transcript of webcast meetings can be made available upon request. Please email Governance@Sheffieldcityregion.org.uk for details

 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Zooming

You can increase the size of text in two ways. The accessibility tools widget on the side of every page allows you to increase the size of the text by pressing “Increase Text”. Alternatively, on most modern web browsers you can hold down the Ctrl Key (Command key on a Mac) and press + (plus) key to increase text size of – (minus) key to reduce text size. Ctrl Key (Command key on a Mac) and 0 to reset the page.

You can increase the website up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen.

Voice Over

Most of the website can be listened to through a screen reader. Some PDF’s may not allow Voice Over, please contact us if you require a PDF document in a different format.

Colour and contrast

The Accessibility Tools plugin allows users to alter the colour on contrast of any page. By selecting “Grayscale” users can remove all colour on the site. To undo this simply click the same button.

Users who wish to alter the contrast of pages can select either “High Contrast” or “Negative Contrast” on the Accessibility Tools plugin.

Underlined Links

In order to make clickable links easier to see select “Links Underline” in the Accessibility Tools Widget. This will underline all clickable hyperlinks on the website.

Easier to read Font

Users can change the font to an easier to read font by selecting “Readable Font” in the Accessibility Tools widget. This will increase the letter and word spacing throughout the space. Please note that this option may introduce formatting issues due to the increased spacing.

By September 2021 we will have moved our website to a new platform. This move will resolve any outstanding issues and ensure compliance.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 June 2020. It was last reviewed on 30 March 2021.

This website was last tested on 04 March 2021. We carried out our own testing. We tested the whole website. We used a free-to-use developer tool which checks each page against standard accessibility issues.