Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to BLUEPRINT.

This website is run by Essex County 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 400% 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:

  • Some elements are not operable with a keyboard
  • Headings are used incorrectly and could confuse users as to the pages purpose
  • When a form has been submitted this is not read out via a screen reader
  • Lists are not always used appropriately
  • Some links not presented visually are read out via a screen reader
  • Some areas of the website have no focus styles or focus styles which are difficult to see
  • Some link text is generic and not descriptive of the destination
  • Some areas have an illogical focus order
  • Submenus are not read out by the screen reader
  • Submenus automatically expand without keyboard user interaction
  • Some link text is not always clearly distinguishable from the surrounding text

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:

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

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 20 days.

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, email the Accessibility Team at [email protected].

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 [[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.

Non-accessible content

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

  • Not all functionality is operable with a keyboard, meaning keyboard only users cannot interact with them. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard)
  • The heading structure of the page is confusing as there are blank headings. This can confuse users to the purpose of the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (Headings and Labels)
  • Some non-text contrast is low making it hard to identify elements that can be interacted with or acted on. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.11 (Non-text contrast)
  • Instructions once contact form has been submitted are not presented to screen reader users. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.2 (Labels or Instructions)
  • Some elements that require a role have none, making it difficult to understand the purpose if you rely on a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (Name, Role, Value)
  • There are some links with ambiguous text so users may not be able to identify where a link takes them. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose (In Context))
  • Colour is the only visual clue to identify some links. Users with visual impairments will be unable to access information that is presented only in color. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.1 (Use of Color)
  • Some headings do not exist making it difficult for users of assistive technologies to navigate. Some structural elements have not been implemented correctly. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships)

We plan to ensure all the above items are addressed by 7th August 2022.

Live video

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

We are working with the supplier of the product to address and fix accessibility issues identified during the accessibility post-launch audit review.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 04/02/2022. It was last reviewed on 07/02/2022.

This website was last tested on 04/02/2022 and testing was last carried out by Essex County Council.