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Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the website: www.manchester.gov.uk, which is managed by Manchester City Council.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use the site, so have designed it so that it lets you edit your preferred settings, with options 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)

See how you can adapt the website to meet your needs.

We also use the 'browsealoud' assistive technology app to help users navigate our site and we use plain English as much as we can to make the content easier to understand.

How accessible this website is

We know that some elements of this website are not fully accessible:

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • many older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • Maps (and the information displayed on them) are not picked up in full by assistive technology for example key elements such as magnification and points of interest.
  • live video streams do not have sub-titles

Feedback and contact information

If you would like to comment on the accessibility of this website, or request any of the information in a different format, such as accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please email webfeedback@manchester.gov.uk.

We'll get back to you within 14 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website: if you have any problems that aren’t already mentioned, or you think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, email us at webfeedback@manchester.gov.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've made a formal complaint to us about our website's accessibility, and aren't happy with our response, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

We provide a text relay service for people with hearing impairment or speech impediment. The number is 0161 234 3760

If you’re visiting the Customer Service Centre in the Town Hall Extension (or any other of our buildings across the city) to make an enquiry, pay a bill or attend an interview or a meeting, please let the person you’re meeting know if you need to use an audio induction loop. Many of our facilities have them, at the main entrance or reception are, or inside some of the offices and meeting rooms.

Deaf people can call us using SignVideo Web Access, an online sign language interpreting service, from their own home for free.

Alternatively, find out how to arrange an interpreter or translation for your visit.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Manchester City Council is committed to making it's 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

Older images

  • Images uploaded to the site before 2018 may not have alt tags or captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
  • We will correct insufficient or needed alt-text over time as we review sections of the site.When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Selective headings

  • Some web page headings don't cascade inside the features on the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.10 (Section Headings).
  • A number of updates are coming to our site by the end of this year, and we expect the updates to address these issues.

Select link text

  • Some pages use the same link text more than once, but each goes to a different URL. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context)
  • Any link or text that is flagged to us will be looked into and assessed against collected user data.

Final payment screens

  • The Civica payment page is not responsive on mobile devices.
  • This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.8 (Visual Presentation).
  • We are working alongside external software developers to address this issue. We have been assured that the upcoming updates will fix this. However we expect this issue to be remedied before the end of January 2021. Users who experience issues with forms can find the specific service contact email listed on the page to request offline versions of some forms.

Blogs

  • The blogs section of our site is built on an older framework, this does not allow us to resize pages without scrolling in two dimensions.
  • This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.10 (Reflow)
  • We are investigating options with our developer in order to rememedy this issue without causing service down time or a loss of data.
     

Disproportionate burden

Councillors’ minutes and papers

Documents that are supplied to us by other organisations will not be edited to make them accessible.

Planning portal

Documents that are supplied to us by other organisations or members of the public will not be edited to make them accessible.

 ‘We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with Councillors’ minutes and papers, and the Planning portal. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal, likely to be in February 2021

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

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing council services e.g. PDFs that give users complex information in a clear format, using illustrations etc, or forms that were published as Word documents. We plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

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. For example, we do not plan to fix the State of the City Reports from before that time; these are annual reports, used as an archive reference for work conducted in that year. 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. All of our pre-recorded and edited film clips will feature subtitles, captions and a transcript.

Embedded clips from YouTube

When embedding Youtube content, it automatically generates non-compliant HTML5 code. We’re currently monitoring this to see if it has a negative effect on the overall user experience. At the time of publication that is not the case, but linked film clips will not function without the non-compliant code.

Embedded images from Flickr

We have a selection of historical photo albums on the site, some of which are only hosted on the photo-sharing website, flickr.com. The code used to embed an image or album can create non-compliant elements.

Maps

Maps and mapping services are exempt as long as essential information is provided in accessible digital manner for maps intended for navigational use. We have implemented this methodology wherever maps are used.

We aim to meet the needs of all visitors to our site, but we don’t yet have a way of presenting geographical information (maps and site plans etc.) in a fully achievable and accessible format. Currently all accessible map solutions would be impossible to implement for all residents due to both resource and installation issues.  As new technologies emerge we will revaluate this topic.

If you need help to understand our maps, there will be contact information specific to the relevant map content author within the page

Alternately you can contact webfeedback@manchester.gov.uk.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 15 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 30 December 2020.

This website was last tested in July 2020; the test was carried out by staff at Manchester City Council.

We tested a large sample size of page types and varieties from our site. Paying careful attention to make sure all types of user journey and the most popular tasks were represented, e.g. the main homepage and also the content listed under Council Tax.

We complete our accessibility audits by testing how the site performs when accessed using accessibility tools such as WAVE (to test coding elements) and ColorZilla (to test the contrast levels between colours with hexadecimal accuracy). This is then cross referenced with general user feedback, and feedback from testing groups using user assistive technology tools (NVDA) to navigate our site.