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Web accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the https://southyorkshire-ca.gov.uk/ website.

This website is run by South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.
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
  • live video streams do not have captions
  • Third party website photo gallery iframes contain embedded text
  • Decorative images will contain alt text attributes 

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 14 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: the Governance Team Governance@southyorkshire-ca.gov.uk 

Enforcement procedure

 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.

 Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit, we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

 Find out how to contact us https://southyorkshire-ca.gov.uk/contact

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

 The Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (aka South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority) is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

 This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Third party photo gallery iframes contain embedded text

There are instances where we have used the embed content tool for content such as photo galleries from third party websites (like Facebook or Twitter). The embed content tool carries over the title and summary of the iframe content for added clarity. A link is also provided to access these external websites so the content is more accessible.

Disproportionate Burden

 In the mobile view and at 400% our Twitter feed carousel does not reflow and much of the content overlaps

 This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 Reflow

 We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation menus, and the loss of content when enlarging text or in a mobile view and the absence of visible focus we believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment on 1st March 2025.

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

PDFs and other documents

 Our Board papers and other governance documents and strategies are PDFs and 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 services. The Combined Authority does not provide ‘services’ but has functions relating to economic development and transport.

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

Live video

 We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. However, a transcript of webcast meetings can be made available upon request. Please email SYMCAMeetings@southyorkshire-ca.gov.uk for details

What we’re doing to improve accessibility 

Voice Over

 Most of the website can be listened to through a screen reader. Some PDF’s may not allow Voice Over, please contact us if you require a PDF document in a different format.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

 This statement was prepared on 15th August 2022. It was last reviewed on 22th April 2024.

 This website was last tested in 0ctober 2023 We carried out our own testing. We tested the whole website. We used a developer accessibility tool which checks each page against standard accessibility issues.