This accessibility statement applies to wirral.gov.uk. It covers subdomains of wirral.gov.uk, which may be provided by external suppliers. An example of a sub-domain are the web pages for the My Wirral account, which start with the web address my.wirral.gov.uk.
This website is run by Wirral 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.
The website uses Google Translate to translate its content into other languages. Just click on Translate at the bottom of the page and you can choose one of 33 languages.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- most PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- live video streams do not have captions
- some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
- focus styling is not prominent in some of our online forms
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us:
- the web address (URL) of the content
- your name and email address
- the format you need, for example, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille
If you cannot view the maps on the contact pages for any of our buildings call or email us for directions.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, email email@example.com . Our web team will look into the problem and get back to you.
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 have reported the problem to us and you are not happy with how we have responded 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 deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment. We also have a 'language line' through which we can contact an interpreter for customers whose first language is not English.
Face-to-face at a One Stop Shop
A list of One Stop Shops is available on this site.
Each One Stop Shop has:
- wheelchair and pram access and specially lowered desks
- disabled toilet facilities
- mini-loop facilities
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Wirral 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 and exemptions listed below.
The elements listed below are not accessible and do not comply with the accessibility regulations.
- some PDF documents on this website do not meet the WCAG 2.1 AA standard
- some of the embedded videos on this website do not contain captions
- the election result pages before 2016 use an old system that will not resize on smaller screens
- some of the images within PDF documents do not have alternative text. This fails success criterion WCAG 1.1.1 (Non-text content)
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We have an ongoing programme of work to fix accessibility problems on this website. Some of the things we are doing are listed below.
Removing PDF documents
We have removed many PDF documents from the website as we are aware that they are not accessible. In January 2022 there were 2,899 documents on the main wirral.gov.uk site with thousands more in the committee meetings and reports section.
We are focussing on documents published since September 2020. It will not be possible to remove all documents published before this date as it would be a disproportionate burden on the authority.
Replacing PDF and Word forms with eforms
Many of the forms on our website were in PDF or Microsoft Word format. We have replaced many of them with accessible eforms.
We are working to replace the remaining forms. As of February 2022:
- 191 forms on this website are eforms
- 116 are PDF forms
- 7 are Microsoft Word forms
Interactive tools and transactions
Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some fields are not clearly highlighted when you tab select them.
Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website. We are working to fix this problem.
We are claiming that it would be a disproportionate burden on the authority to replace all documents on this website with web pages. We will focus on replacing documents published since September 2020.
It will not be possible to remove all PDF documents. For example the Annual Statement of Accounts is 181 pages long and would take a long time to format as a web page instead of a document.
In January 2022 there were 2,899 PDF documents on wirral.gov.uk. There are many PDF documents in the Committee papers section of the website at democracy.wirral.gov.uk.
It would take an average of 30 minutes to convert each PDF document to a html web page. That is approximately 132 days if one member of staff worked on it full-time. The council does not have that staffing resource available.
Fixing issues on the main website and MyWirral pages
We believe that fixing the accessibility problems with some content one the main website and MyWirral account would be disproportionate. This is because the designs of both platforms will be updated soon. The updates will fix the accessibility problems.
Election results before 2016
We believe that fixing the accessibility problems with the pages that show election results before 2016 would be disproportionate. This is because the system is being retired soon.
Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
Some of the documents in the Planning section of this website contain plans and maps which are exempt from the regulations.
The archived election results are built on a system that will not resize on mobile phones. This system pre-dates 2010 and has not had any content published on it since May 2015.
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 do not plan to fix any documents published before this date as it would be a disproportionate burden on the authority for the reasons set out above.
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
Moving forward we are working to eliminate the publication of PDF and Word documents on this website. Wherever possible we will try to publish information on accessible web pages rather than in documents.
There are over 20 different suppliers who provide services different parts of this website. They are ‘skinned’ to look the rest of the website. Some of them these systems are not completely accessible. We are working with our all of our suppliers to fix any problems that have been identified.
Before we buy any new systems for the website we will check that they are fully accessible.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 29 March 2021. It was updated in May 2022.
This website was last tested in May 2022. The test was carried out by Silktide.