Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to www.lgafirst.co.uk. 

This website is run by the Local Government Association. 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: 

  • The PDFs in the issue archive are not fully accessible to screen reader software 
  • Some of our brand colours are not of high enough background to foreground ratio 
  • Images of our authors do not contain alt text 

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 10 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: webmaster@local.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)

Technical information about this website’s accessibility 

The Local Government Association 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. 

This website is not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The non-compliances are listed below. 

Non-accessible content 

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations 

The images of our authors within an article’s by-line do not display their assigned alt text and this fails against success criteria 1.1.1: Non-text Content. Fixing this will involve some work with a third party plugin and we are investigating how to remediate the problem. We hope to resolve it by Winter 2022. 

Our corporate blue colour for the category ‘features’ does not meet the 1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum) for small text. It has a ratio of 3: 1, so is relatively useful when text is enlarged. There is no additional meaning to the blue text, so no information is lost, but the category does become a challenge to read. We will discuss increasing the contrast for the website only. 

The social sharing widget icons on article posts lack the appropriate colour contrast and so fail success criteria 1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum) .They are provided by a third party plugin and we will investigate how to fix this issue by winter 2022. 

Disproportionate burden 

PDFs in our ‘Download’ section do not are not tagged for screen readers and to do so in their current magazine format would be a disproportionate burden. We have decided that it is also unnecessary as the magazine content itself is all available within the web pages of the site. The goal of the site is to provide accessible copy from the printed version sent to doorsteps. 

Preparation of this accessibility statement 

This statement was prepared on 24 May 2022. 

This website was last tested on 18 May 2022. The test was carried out in house by the LGA. 

We tested key landing pages and templates using the Axe Extension for Chrome and the Simplified Testing method used by the UK Government. 

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