This website is run by Croydon 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)
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:
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- embedded videos do not all have captions
- some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
What to do if you cannot access parts of this website
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in five working 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, contact Croydon Digital Service.
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).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Croydon 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 the non-compliances and exemptions.
Non accessible content
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
This website is in active development as it replaces the old council website. Non-compliant issues have been detected in our testing, and each two week agile development and content transition cycle reviews and resolves as many issues as possible. Known issues are listed in the test results reports.
Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.
Forms and applications linked to from this website are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (information and relationships).
We’ve assessed the cost of fixing interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We are currently piloting new applications to replace many of our forms and transactions.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
Many of our older PDFs and Word 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 and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents.
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.
We endeavour for any new PDFs we publish to meet accessibility standards, and we are also developing ways to publish files in accessible HTML formats.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
This website will soon be using open source code from the LocalGovDrupal project which will resolve outstanding accessibility issues, and provider a great resource to identify and resolve any new issues that occur.
This statement was prepared on 28 February 2020. It was last updated on 21 September 2020.
This website was last tested on 21 September 2020. The test was carried out by Siteimprove.
We tested every web page within the following sections of the website:
- Adult health and social care
- Births, deaths, marriages and citizenship
- Children, young people and families
- Planning and regeneration
- Rubbish and recycling
- Schools and education
Download reports of the test results.
Download the summary report (PDF file, 0.5MB)
Download the detailed report (CSV file, 0.09MB)
The Shaw Trust Digital Assessment and Accreditation process is rigorous. Over 60 hours of accessibility testing by users with a disability goes into each and every accreditation. This is in addition to a stringent technical assessment by our digital auditors.All assessments are carried out inline with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 A and AA criteria.