Accessibility Statement for the website of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland

On this page

  • How accessible this website is
  • Feedback and contact information
  • Enforcement procedure
  • Technical information about this website’s accessibility
  • Non-accessible content
  • What we’re doing to improve accessibility
  • Preparation of this accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the website of the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland https://www.boundarycommission.org.uk/

How accessible this website is

This website is run by the Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.

For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen­­ on most of the website
  • 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

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

You can find advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability by going to the AbilityNet website.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • the email address on our ‘Contact Us’ will not reflow in a single column when you change the zoom level in the browser window
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text on all of the site
  • the contrast of text and buttons may not have enough contrast for some users
  • our website includes PDF and jpg documents that are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • the interactive map is not fully accessible using keyboard navigation
  • the visual focus indicator when navigating using a keyboard is not high enough contrast in all browsers.
  • you cannot skip to the main content using a keyboard

Feedback and contact information

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page, or have a query relating to the accessibility of our website, contact:

The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland
The Bungalow
Stormont House
Stormont Estate
Belfast
BT4 3SH

We aim to get back to you in 20 working days.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) 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 query or issue, contact the ECNI.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland 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 not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances and exemptions are listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

The content that is not accessible is outlined below with details of:

  • the accessibility problem(s)
  • where it fails the success criteria, and
  • when we plan to fix it

Developer issues

A number of accessibility issues are related to the underlying Drupal content management system (CMS) and will require developer and web design input.

These include but not limited to the following:

  • Colour contrast between button text and background does not meet the expected ratio of 3:1. (WCAG 2.1, Level AA, 1.4.3)
  • Colour contrast between text and background does not meet the
  • expected ratio of 4:5:1. (WCAG 2.1, Level AA, 1.4.3)
  • Colour contrast between link and body text does not meet the expected ratio of 3:1(WCAG 2.1, Level A, 1.4.1)
  • The Search box border has low colour contrast (WCAG 2.1, Level AA, 1.4.11)
  • Some interface elements do not have a visible focus indicator, or the colour contrast between the visible focus indocator and the background is insufficient (WCAG 2.1, Level A, 2.1.1, Level AA, 2.4.7)
  • Dropdown menus are not navigable via keyboard. Dropdown menus are also not sufficiently accessible on mobile, particularly for users with motor difficulties  (WCAG 2.1, Level A, 2.1.2)
  • Users can't skip to main content (WCAG 2.1, Level A, 2.4.1)
  • The Search bar lacks visual cues such as a search icon and placeholder text (WCAG 2.1 Level A, 2.5.3, 3.3.2)
  • Some images are missing alt text (WCAG 2.1, Level AA, 1.1.1, 1.4.5)
  • Some buttons have text that is not properly visible when zoomed in (WCAG 2.1, Level AA, 1.4.10)

We intend to address these issues by September 2021. 

 

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable. We intend to repair the parts of our website with accessibility issuesby September 2021. 

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

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 our Provisional Proposals Reports from the 2018 Review .

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not currently have any plan to use live video. However, if we do use live video in the future, 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 intend to repair the parts of our website with accessibility issues by September 2021. 

If you require specific documents in an alternative or accessible format, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21st September 2020. It was last updated on 5th October 2020.

This website was last tested for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level A and level A in October 2020. These tests have been carried out externally and independently.

We selected a sample of pages to test for accessibility. You can find out more information about the testing method used on Gov.uk.