This accessibility statement is for web pages that start with greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk. For web pages beginning with democracy.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk please read our separate 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 (opens in a new tab) 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
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- live video streams do not have captions
- some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
We are currently making 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:
Call 0161 778 7000
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
56 Oxford Street
We’ll consider your request and get back to you.
If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact’ page, call or email us for directions.
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 the GMCA digital team by:
telephone 0161 778 7000
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) (opens in a new tab)
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 for the following reasons.
Not all of our images have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
Navigation and accessing information
The accessibility of embedded video content is dependent on the standards reached by the third-party provider. Where possible we will make use of features such as subtitles to ensure our content is accessible.
Interactive tools and transactions
Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (information and relationships).
Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website. Some legacy forms may still be in Word doc format and not an online form.
We sometimes publish and link to visual data using platforms such as Tableau (opens in a new tab). This information is hosted on an external website and we make our information as accessible as the platform allows.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
Live video streams do not have captions. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.4 (captions - live).
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations (opens in a new tab).
Some pre-recorded videos don’t have an audio captioning or description, so the information in them isn’t available to people who cannot see or the hear the video content. This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.5.
We plan to add audio captioning or descriptions for all pre-recorded videos by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
PDFs and other documents
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 (opens in a new tab) if they’re not essential to providing our services.
Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).
Many newer documents are not accessible in a number of ways including missing text alternatives and missing document structure.
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents.
How we tested this website
This website was last tested on 10th October 2019. The test was carried out internally by Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
We checked a broad 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 have done 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 made the following improvements in March 2020:
- added a ‘skip to main content’ function on the header of every page
- increased the colour contrast of hyperlinked texts
- ensured all page titles should be unique on the browser window tabs
- added labels to all page buttons
- reviewed labels and attributes to ensure compatibility with assistive technologies
- increased the colour contrast of the keyboard navigation indicator box
- reviewed video iframes resize and response to different devices
- we created a web guide to ensure all web authors are creating content that is accessible
We made the following improvements in September 2020:
- checked content of every page of the website and updated, including: headings, alternative text, tables and link text
- made a log of all published documents on the website
- rolled out Accessibility Essentials training to all staff and made mandatory for staff who are web authors or publish documents online
What we are doing to improve accessibility
We have now identified a list of key service documents such as plans and strategies. Majority of these documents are PDFs have been designed using Adobe software or converted from a Word document. They are not fully accessible.
We plan to:
- prioritise and review existing key service documents and have accessible versions of these by April 2021
- look at publishing HTML versions of documents
- look at creating HTML forms instead of document-based forms
In the meantime, if you are unable to access a document, please contact us. We’ll consider your request and get back to you.
We plan to annually review website accessibility, and ensure that any new pages or PDFs and other online documents conform to web accessibility criteria.
This statement was prepared on 23rd September 2019. It was last updated on 22nd September 2020.