What we do

  • We check all documents and webpage content delivered for publication on the Kirklees website.
  • Where required, we give guidance on amendments required to meet the legal requirements for publication of content on a public sector website.
  • We ensure that all webpages comply with accessibility requirements.
  • If a document cannot be made accessible, we ask you to submit a claim of disproportionate burden. Claims of disproportionate burden must be given to the Cabinet Office upon request.
  • We use auditing software to monitor and fix accessibility issues on the Kirklees website and My Kirklees website.
  • We advise owners of other Kirklees Council websites on how to use the same audting software on their websites.
  • We publish an accessibility statement which tells website users about any known accessibility issues on the Kirklees website, My Kirklees website, councillors website and partners website.

What the Government does

The Government Digital Service (GDS) monitors public sector websites on behalf of the Cabinet Office by examining a sample every year. They can ask for information on, and request access to public sector:

  • websites
  • intranets
  • extranets
  • mobile applications

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) enforces the requirements in England. If we do not meet them, or fail to provide a satisfactory response to requests to produce information in an accessible format, we will be failing to make reasonable adjustments. This means they can use their legal powers, including investigations, unlawful act notices and court action.

Tell us about accessibility issues

Our accessibility statement tells you how to contact us about accessibility issues. We must provide a response within 20 working days.

If you are not happy with our response, you can get help from the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) .

If you feel the issue has still not been resolved, you can appeal to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) .

More information

Understanding accessibility requirements for public sector bodies

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