Accessibility Statement for the UK Statistics Authority and Office for Statistics Regulation
How accessible the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) and Code of Practice for Statistics websites are and what we are doing to improve accessibility.
The UKSA, OSR and Code of Practice websites are run by the UK Statistics Authority and Office for Statistics Regulation. They are designed to be used by as many people as possible. We have made the website text as simple as possible to understand. 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)
If you have a disability, AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use.
How accessible our websites are
We know some parts of our websites are not fully accessible:
- some filename downloads are not easy to read or understand
- some documents are in PDF format and are not accessible
- some non-HTML documents are not accessible
- some content embedded into web pages, such as data visualisations, may not be accessible.
The website also contains some embedded content such as data visualisations which may not be accessible.
How to request content in an accessible format
If you need information from our websites in a different format please contact us and tell us:
- the web address (URL) of the content
- your name and email address
- the format you want
We will reply within five days to let you know when we will be able to provide the information. We will consider each request but may not be able to provide an alternative accessible format on every occasion.
Reporting accessibility problems
If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or you think we are not meeting the accessibility requirements, contact us.
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 contact us with a complaint and you are not happy with our response contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about the websites’ accessibility
We are committed to making the UKSA, ONS and Code of Practice websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
Compliance status of the website
Our websites are 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 on the website
The content listed below is non-accessible across the three websites for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Some tables do not have table row headers when needed, so users cannot navigate using the headers. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships). This is a limitation of the publishing tool, which we plan to fix by 31 March 2021.
Some filename downloads are not easy to read or understand. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 3.1 (readable) and 3.2 (predictable). We plan to fix this by 31 March 2021.
Many documents are in PDF format and are not accessible. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.1.1 (non-text content), 1.3.1 (info and relationships), 2.1.1 (keyboard), 2.4.1 (bypass blocks), 2.4.2 (page titled), 2.4.4 (link purpose (in context)), 2.4.9 (link purpose (link only)), and 3.1.1 (language of page). We plan to fix the most used documents (as determined by Google Analytics) by 31 March 2021 (see disproportionate burden statement). We will aim to publish new content as HTML where possible in future, or in a PDF that meets accessibility standards.
Some excel files contain extra information that is not data, which makes the data difficult to rework or manipulate. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 (info and relationships), 1.3.2 (meaningful sequence), 2.4.6 (headings and labels), 3.1.2 (language of parts), and 3.2.3 (consistent navigation). We plan to fix this by 31 March 2021.
Due to the nature of the work of UKSA and OSR, we produce a large number of PDFs to be published for transparency on our websites, which generate very little traffic. Because of this, we believe that making them all accessible would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility guidelines.
UKSA and OSR have newly formed and small Communications team, for whom the burden of updating historical PDFs would be detrimental to the ongoing work of the organisations. We have concentrated our efforts on ensuring future content on the websites is accessible, by providing in-depth training, developing accessible templates and encouraging the use of HTML over PDF wherever possible.
Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. We have developed a suite of templates for the variety of publications, reports, board minutes and other documents we produce, to ensure they meet the accessibility regulations.
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. However, we will aim to update any PDFs that still generate significant traffic by 31 March 2021.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
What we are doing to improve accessibility
We plan to identify and fix issues for our websites according to the timescales shown for each area above.
We are undertaking in-depth training throughout the organisations, as well as producing guidance for internal content producers. This guidance will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 22 September 2020.
The UKSA, OSR and Code of Practice website were last tested on 17 September 2020.The test was carried out by www.dxw.com. DXW carried out both automated and manual testing using assistive technology, different web browsers and mobile devices.
We will review this statement by 31 March 2021 and revise as necessary.