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.

Our website includes some archive PDF and jpg documents that are not fully accessible to screen reader software. Documents uploaded since the accessibility regulations came into force are offered in an accessible format

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

Remedial action on a number of key issues identified in an accessibility audit has been carried out as of May 2021. We are aware that there are still some outstanding issues as detailed below. A number of these are related to the underlying Drupal content management system (CMS), and they will all be remedied as part of the planned strategic migration of government and arms-length body websites to an upgraded platform. This comprehensive migration project is being managed by Enterprise Digital Development and is due for completion by November 2022. The outstanding issues are as follows:

  • Colour contrast between text and background does not meet the
  • expected ratio of 4:5:1. (WCAG 2.1, Level AA, 1.4.3)
  • The email address on our ‘Contact Us’ will not reflow in a single column when you change the zoom level in the browser window (WCAG 2.1, Level AA, 1.4.10)
  • The Search box border has low colour contrast (WCAG 2.1, Level AA, 1.4.11)
  • 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)

 

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable. The parts of our website with accessibility issues will be repaired by November 2022 as part of the wider public sector website migration project detailed above.

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

The parts of our website with accessibility issues will be repaired by November 2022 as part of the wider public sector website migration project detailed above.

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 20th May 2021.

This website was last tested for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level A and level AA in October 2020. These tests have been carried out externally and independently. A sample of pages were selected to test for accessibility. You can find out more information about the testing method used on Gov.uk.

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