Accessibility Statement for

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This website is run by the BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy Project Team at Essex County Council. 

Measures to support accessibility

BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy includes accessibility throughout our internal policies to ensure accessibility of our site. For example, this 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 just a mouse

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. 

Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy is partially conformant with WCAG 2.0 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard. Please read the “Limitations and alternatives” section to find more information about which content is not fully conformant. 


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers on

  • Phone: +443330134142 ask for the BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy Team, Environment and Climate Action, Place and Public Health
  • E-mail: [email protected]

We try to respond to feedback within 20 days.

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. 

You can contact us by  

·        email [blueprint[email protected]] 

·        call [+443330134142 - ask for the BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy Team, Environment and Climate Action, Place and Public Health] 

Technical information about this website’s accessibility 

Essex County Council (lead partner of the BLUEPRINT Project) 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. 

Limitations and alternatives

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of this website, there may be some limitations. Below is a description of known limitations, and potential solutions. Please contact us if you observe an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy:

As we cannot do a full accessibility audit at present, there are a number of manual checks that we cannot guarantee conform to accessibility standards. These are listed below:

  1. Interactive controls: We cannot guarantee that interactive controls are keyboard focusable and display a focus indicator because we cannot audit this using our current tools.
  2. Logical tab order. Tabbing through the page should follow the visual layout.
  3. Interactive elements. Interactive elements, such as links and buttons, should indicate their state and be distinguishable from non-interactive elements.
  4. New content. If new content, such as a dialog, is added to the page, the user's focus should be directed to it.
  5. User focus. Users should be able to tab into and out of any control or region without accidentally trapping their focus.
  6. Custom controls. Custom interactive controls should have associated labels, provided by aria-label or aria-labelled by, and appropriate ARIA roles.
  7. Visual order. DOM order should match the visual order, improving navigation for assistive technology.
  8. Offscreen content. Offscreen content should be hidden with display: none or aria-hidden=true.
  9. HTML5 landmark elements. Landmark elements (,<main>, <nav>, etc.) should be used to improve the keyboard navigation of the page for assistive technology.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility 

We are doing a full accessibility audit post-launch to address and fix these issues.

Assessment approach

The BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy Team assessed the accessibility of BLUEPRINT to a Circular Economy by self-evaluation.


This statement was created on 29 June 2021 using the W3C Accessibility Statement Generator Tool. It was last reviewed on 29 June 2021. The website was last tested on 29 June 2021.