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Accessibility Statement

This website is managed by Greater Manchester 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:

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • some pages are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • the search function isn't labelled
  • some text does not have sufficient contrast
  • buttons aren't labelled

We have raised these issues as a priority with our digital services team to make improvements to the accessibility of this website.

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format:

Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6EU

We’ll consider your request and get back to you.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the GMCA digital team by email gmdigital@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk  or telephone 0161 778 7000.

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. To access this call 18002 0161 778 7000. If there is a specific number you wish to call add the prefix of 18002 to enable Text Relay.

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

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Greater Manchester 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.

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

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible:

Footer

It is not always clear where you have navigated to on the page footers using a keyboard. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (keyboard).

Contrast on breadcrumb

The page breadcrumb text does not have sufficient contrast.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast).

Read more and search buttons

The 'read more' and search buttons do not have labels.  This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 (headings and labels).

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 27 February 2020. The test was carried out internally by Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

We checked a sample of pages on the website, including the homepage and a selection of other pages. We used a free-to-use developer tool which checks each page against standard accessibility issues. A manual audit was also conducted. Each of the issues was logged, and an action plan formed and implemented for the website. 

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are always open to suggestions, additions or the reporting of accessibility problems. Users can use the contact details supplied above.

We are working with our digital services team to make the following improvements:

  • add labels to all page buttons and forms
  • ensure all pages are fully keyboard accessible
  • ensure all text have sufficient colour contrast
  • ensure all images have alt text

This statement was prepared on 14 February 2020. It was last updated on 27 February 2020.