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Accessibility Statement for Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP)

This accessibility statement applies to the CLEP website,

This website is run by Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP). We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • 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 strived to 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.

1. How accessible this website is

We know there are some parts of this website which are not fully accessible, including:

  • the text will not always reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window;
  • reformatted text or zooming up to 200% results in some text spilling off the screen;
  • most older PDF and DOC files are not fully accessible to screen reader software;
  • some of our page content, including online forms, are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard;
  • some sections and components of our website have poor colour contrast;
  • some sections of the website include flashing and animated movements. These have been tested as not qualifying as seizure triggers, but we are working towards removing them just in case;
  • some areas of the website are difficult to navigate or access with a mobile or tablet device;

2. 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:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 3 working days.

3. 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: providing details of the issue/s

4. Visiting us in person

Our conference room has audio induction loops. Our contact details are on our contact page.

5. Technical information about this website’s accessibility

CLEP is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

As Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is a limited company, our organisation does not have a legal obligation to be WCAG 2.1 AA compliant in order to meet The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. However, as part of our commitment to best practice we are in the process of meeting this standard.

6. Compliance status

7. Non-accessible content

The content listed below is currently non-accessible, which we are working to resolve.

8. Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

We are aware that our website fails the WCAG 2.1 success criterion for the following:

1.3.5 (AA), 1.4.3 (AA), 1.4.4 (AA), 1.4.5 (AA), 1.4.10 (AA), 1.4.11 (AA), 1.4.12 (AA), 2.4.6 (AA), 2.4.7 (AA), 3.2.4 (AA), 4.1.3 (AA).

You can read the details of these criteria on the WC3 WCAG website.

Where possible and applicable, we plan to fix all remaining ‘AA’ issues by November 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure it meets accessibility standards.

9. Disproportionate burden

Due to our organisations size and resources, and that of the partner organisation, Zinc Digital, who developed and manages our website, only ‘A’ regulations will be completed by September 2020, as mentioned in point 8. We intend to fix all remaining ‘AA’ issues by November 2020.

10. Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

a) PDFs and other documents

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. By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages, where possible.

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.

11. Preparation of this Accessibility Statement

This statement was last updated on 15 October 2020.

This website was last tested on 15 October 2020. The test was carried out by Satur9 Web Design.

We used the following when testing our website content for compliance, and focused on both sample pages as well as a holistic approach to the entire site:

  • website code;
  • appearance;
  • color contrast;
  • headings;
  • lists;
  • images;
  • forms;
  • tables;
  • video/audio;
  • animations;
  • language;
  • keyboard access/assistive technologies;
  • mobile/touch testing;
  • interaction/usability testing.

You can read the latest Accessibility Audit report here.

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