This accessibility statement applies to content published on www.lgo.org.uk
This website is run by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible. The text should be clear and easy to understand.
You should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- zoom in up to 400% without problems
- navigate the website using just a keyboard
- navigate the website using speech recognition software
- use the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
Some parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:
- some documents are in PDF format and are not fully accessible
- some embedded video content cannot be viewed when significantly zoomed in, without affecting the viewing experience
How to request content in an accessible format
If you need information in a different format email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us:
- the web address (URL) of the content
- your name and email address
- the format you need, for example, braille, accessible PDF or Easy Read (pictures and simple print)
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting the accessibility requirements, email us at email@example.com
If you contact us with a complaint and you’re not happy with our response contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
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’).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman 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 listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
- Some documents are in PDF format and are not accessible in a number of ways, such as having incorrect document structures, labels or alternative texts. Non-HTML documents published on or after 23 September 2018 must have an accessible format.
- We embed some video clips on our website that do not reflow properly when viewed at 400% zoom. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.10 (Reflow).
Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
We have many non-HTML documents published before September 2018. The regulations state they do not need to be accessible, unless users need them to use our service.
These are mainly:
- historical investigation reports (public interest reports)
- historical focus reports
- historical copies of our annual report and accounts
We do not plan to replace these documents with more accessible formats. However, users can request these in alternative formats using the contact details above.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
- We are continuing to work through making all PDFs published after 23 September 2018 fully accessible. We are also replacing PDFs with HTML webpages where feasible.
- Where we have embedded videos on our website that cannot be viewed at 400% without scrolling in multiple directions, we have provided links to watch them on the host’s website (Vimeo) and users also have the option to watch them in full screen mode.
We will regularly review this statement and update this page when issues are fixed.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was first prepared on 23 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 26 July 2021.
This website was tested on 17 September 2020 by Web Labs.
Our approach to testing was to identify a representative sample of pages by:
- using analytics to understand the most commonly used pages
- using our insight to identify the pages most crucial to accessing our services. For example, the pages providing people information about how to complain to us
- including in the sample most of the common page templates used on our website
We also reviewed every page for readability and correct heading structure.
The website was then tested on 14 April 2021 by the Central Digital and Data Office (part of the Cabinet Office) as part of its role in monitoring the adherence to the accessibility regulations. This resulted in a number of further improvements being made to the accessibility of this website.