Accessibility Statement for Dartford Borough Council
Using this website:
This website is run by Dartford Borough 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)
Dartford Borough Council does not make use of public facing web applications.
We try and make the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
This accessibility statement applies to all of our .dartford.gov.uk public websites.
How accessible this website is:
Whilst the Dartford Borough Council website is checked regularly and judged to be one of the most accessible council websites in the UK, we know that some parts of this website are still not fully accessible:
- Older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- Some of our videos don't have captions
- A few of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
- A number of third party applications still have issues which the suppliers are working to resolve
Feedback and contact information
- Contact us via our online form
- Call 01322 343434
Reporting accessibility problems with this website:
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. 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 via our online form
- Call 01322 343434
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.
Find out how to contact us
Technical information about this website’s accessibility:
Dartford Borough 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 non-compliances listed below:
Targets and the standings can be found at: Sitemorse Quarterly results
We are also ranked 5th overall for accessibility covering a one year period.
We are addressing outstanding accessibility issues with our suppliers (please see below).
How we test our website:
A sample set of pages are tested every week by an independent third-party specialist company called Sitemorse, and ad-hoc testing of the entire site is completed at random intervals by Dartford Borough Council, using third party tools.
- Our main website platform this quarter (Q4 2021) was ranked 26th out of 410 councils in the SiteMorse Accessibility and Code Compliance rankings (https://sitemorse.com/index/)
- Our main website platform this month (November 2021) was ranked 15th out of 400 councils in the Silktide Accessibility and Code Compliance rankings (https://index.silktide.com/uk-councils/leaderboard#leaderboard)
Non compliance with the accessibility regulations and supplier statements:
- (Committee and Councillors) System is now running the latest version of the software with new accessibility features, however the Pdf's still require considerable work: http://committeedmz.dartford.gov.uk
- (Planning System) This system is now considered to be double A compliant, however the Pdf's still require considerable work and maps cannot be made accessible due to their nature: https://publicaccess.dartford.gov.uk
- (Council Tax and Benefits) We have raised a support call with Capita to address the outstanding issues: https://connect.dartford.gov.uk/publicaccesslive/selfservice/dashboard.htm
- "https://windmz.dartford.gov.uk/ufs/*.eb" (Verj.io Ebase forms), we have a few issues around these forms which require the next version of the software, we plan to apply this after we have re-skinned the main website
- "https://dartfordbc-self.achieveservice.com" (Firmstep Forms) There are a number of accessibility issues with these pages and we have a support call open with the supplier, who informs us that a new release which should resolve the remaining issues, statement provided by the supplier
- The Parish Council websites: These do not comply with the required accessibility standards. Each parish is responsible for its own website and they hope to be making adjustments to fix these issues at some point
- The hamburger style menu button intended for mobile device use which becomes visible when the webpage is zoomed, this is not accessible from the keyboard, We are in the process of replacing our main website which will address this issue
- Some of pdf documents listed under Planning Policy are public responses that may not meet the legal accessibility standards. We are not permitted to edit these responses in any way, and they are therefore considered exempt from the legislation covering website content accessibility.
If you require help viewing these files then please contact our Planning Policy team at email@example.com explaining what you require. We have a legal obligation to publish these documents unedited under article 30 of the regulations.
If you would like to contact someone within the Council and you have speech difficulties, then you can contact the council using the Contact the Customer Services Team form
If you have a text phone you may wish to contact us through Text Relay.
We have made every effort to ensure this web site is easily readable using 'plain English'. In addition, we have ensured that the design of this web site is not an obstacle to its usability and readability.
If necessary, text can be made larger by doing the following:
Hold down <CTRL> and press '+' to increase the font size or hold down <CTRL> and press '-' to decrease the font size. Hold down <CTRL> and press '0' to return the browser back to the default font size. This is supported by the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 11
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations:
PDFs and other documents
Many of our older PDFs documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).
Some of our PDFs are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services. We are still fixing these or replacing them with accessible HTML5 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.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
PDF documents have been used throughout the web site, usually opening in a new browser window. To enable the viewing and downloading (saving) of these documents you will require Adobe Reader.
The latest version of Adobe Reader includes accessibility support for people with visual impairment or motor disabilities.