Accessibility statement for East Sussex in Figures

This accessibility statement applies to the website East Sussex in Figures

This website is run by East Sussex County Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website.
We have made the website text as simple as possible to understand. Where technical terms are used we try to explain them in the description section of each dataset.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible is this website?
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible. This is because it was designed and has been in use since 2005 and has features that mean it cannot be made fully accessible. The Team that runs East Sussex in Figures are currently exploring the options for moving to a new website which will be built on modern technology and will be fully accessible for all of our users.

Summary of current issues with the website

• Titles and headings need to be included in appropriate places
• Some area and image elements need alt attributes
• Use the lang attribute to identify the language of the page.
• Some older PDFs need to be accessible including ALT text
• Links need to have a clear purpose, avoid specifying a new window and include underline to assist colour blind users
• Colours should have a 7:1 contrast and if colours should be set consistently
• Enable zoom
• All onclick handlers should have an equivalent onkeyup or onkeydown handler.
• Event handlers should not be dependent on the use of a mouse

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:
• email
• call Kim Bloxham on 01273 482199

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 days.

ESCC Customer promise

Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any additional problems not listed on this page, or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements in some other way, please contact us:

by email: 

or by phone: 01273 482199.

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
East Sussex County Council 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 not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Some images do not 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 have now added text alternatives for most images but are aware there may be a few very old images which have not yet been updated. When we publish new content we always make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Navigation and accessing information
There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).
It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.
It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.

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.
Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We are currently actively looking to replace this site before the end of 2023, using new software which should mean the site is accessible for all of our users. More information will be available soon.

PDFs and other documents
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility
Our accessibility roadmap shows how and when we plan to improve accessibility on this website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was first prepared in December 2020 and was last reviewed in December 2023.
This website was last tested on 8 December 2020. The test was undertaken using the application Wave. A number of issues relating to the primary pages on ESiF have been corrected and we are currently in the process of addressing the titles, language and header issues across the site.

This website was and is currently being tested for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.1 level A and level AA, and these tests have been carried out internally. We used automated testing software SortSite.

You can request a copy of the full accessibility test report by contacting a member of the ESiF team.

Version 1.4 December 2023