This accessibility statement applies to midsussex.gov.uk, run by Mid Sussex District Council.

The content on this website is designed for everyone to find, read, and understand. It is compatible with assistive technologies and developed to meet the accessibility standards outlined in this statement.

View the site your way

There are a number of customisation options for your browser and device that could help you use this website and other websites more effectively.

AbilityNet provide advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Text size and colour

You can change the font size and colour on our website by using browser controls. You can find instructions for the most common desktop browsers below:

You can also use Browsealoud to change colour or font size.

Language translation

You can translate the website through Browsealoud or through software such as Google Translate.

BrowseAloud

We have added a free service from Texthelp called Browsealoud.

What does Browsealoud offer?

  • Text-to-speech
  • Language translation
  • Increased text size
  • Converting text into mp3 audio files
  • A tinted screen mask to block distractions
  • Removing clutter to only display the main text
  • Options to suit individual needs or preferences

Video Guide

Try it out

Click on the browsealoud launchpad button that appears on the bottom left of your screen. It looks like this:

Then click on any text to hear it.

Need support?

Visit support.texthelp.com.

Give us feedback

Texthelp They would love to know what you think of Browsealoud, contact marketing@browsealoud.com.

How accessible this website is

Feedback and contact information

If you cannot access content on this website, please get in touch by emailing webmaster@midsussex.gov.uk and we shall try to find an alternative for you.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are constantly working to make our website as accessible and usable as possible for every user. There are times, however when we don't get it right the first time we publish something.

If you find any problems that aren't listed on this page or think we're not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact the Web team:

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing 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

Mid Sussex District 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 listed below.

Non-accessible content

We formally test the accessibility of key user journeys that represent the breadth of content across our website on a regular basis against WCAG 2.1 AA standards.

Some parts of the website may not work for everyone. Below are known issues that we either need to fix, cannot fix, or do not need to fix right now.

If you find something that does not work that we missed, remember to contact us.

Website wide issues

Some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Landmarks are not included to enable page navigation for screen readers.
  • A WAI-ARIA element contains a role, state or property that is invalid or not allowed on this type of element.
  • The WAI-ARIA 'aria-labelledby' attribute has a reference to an ID that does not exist or an ID that is not unique.
  • Some images contain text which cannot be read by assistive technology, such as screen readers.
  • Some iFrames missing 'title' attribute or the 'title' attribute is empty.
  • Some data tables missing description/heading in the caption element.    

Issues with PDFs and other documents

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don't meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be marked up so they're accessible to a screen reader.

The Accessibility regulations 2018 don't require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they're not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Third-party content 

Our website contains third-party content. We do not have control over and are not responsible for the accessibility of this content, but we make our best endeavours to work with the third-party to improve its accessibility. This may include: 

  • Links to non MSDC websites 
  • Content/functionality on our website 
  • Content hosted on other websites, such as social media sites. 

Online forms 

Some of our online forms are provided by third party suppliers. We have purchased a new form package and will be replacing all forms which do not meet accessibility standards. We aim to complete this work by the end of 2020 or sooner. 

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 21st August 2020. The test was carried out by the Web team at Mid Sussex District Council.

We use the accessibility checking service from Siteimprove to automatically test and report on accessibility issues with our website.

The Siteimprove reports:

  • identify the current status of accessibility based on the A, AA and AAA ratings
  • identify solutions to resolve any accessibility issues
  • identify a tracking service towards compliance

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was first prepared on 1st September 2020.

This statement was last updated on 1st September 2020.

This website was last tested on 21st August 2020.

Last updated: 30 September 2020