Website Accessibility

Accessibility statement for Leeds Observatory

This accessibility statement applies to content published on domain.
This website is run by Leeds City Council’s Intelligence and Policy Service. 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
  • Use this website on most modern browsers and devices
  • Navigate most of the website using only 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)

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:

  • There are some colour contrast issues throughout the website.
  • We provide a lot of map content that isn’t accessible. These maps are not used for navigational purposes and are therefore exempt. Where possible we provide accessible alternatives. If the format you require is not present then please get in touch.
  • Some older PDF documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software.
  • Some elements are not highlighted on focus.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format email and tell us:

    • the web address (URL) of the content
    • your name and email address
    • the format you need, for example, audio CD, braille, BSL or large print, accessible PDF

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or you think we’re not meeting the accessibility requirements, email

Enforcement procedure

If you contact us with a complaint and you’re not happy with our response contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

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’)

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Leeds City 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 partially 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

Colour contrast

Some text on our website doesn’t have enough colour contrast against the background colour behind it. This can make the text hard to read for users with low vision or colour blindness. Some areas affected are:

This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.4.3 Contrast (minimum) (A).

Form labels missing instructions

Form fields should have a label associated with them. This ensures instructions are provided for screen reader users when they click into the form field. Some form fields on this website don’t have associated labels. Some examples include:

  • Search box and the results per page fields on the Data explorer page

This fails WCAG 2.1 success criteria 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A) and 3.3.2 Label or Instructions (A).

Keyboard accessibility

You should be able to access all parts of a website using only a keyboard. Some areas of the website cannot be accessed using a keyboard or a user cannot see where they are on a page as there is no focus styling.

None of the map elements on the Map page have focus styling. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.7 Focus visible (AA).


We are aware that we have many PDFs across the site. Documents generally do not comply with accessibility requirements, so we will be reviewing the documents and we will update this statement by 1 June 2021 with a more detailed plan.

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Not applicable.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 08/12/2020. It was last reviewed on 15/03/2021.
It will be reviewed in June 2021 (or following any significant changes or developments, if sooner).

This website was last tested on the 18/02/2020. The test was carried out by the Web Design Team at Leeds City Council.

We tested a selection of pages, ensuring those tested reflected the variety of different page layouts used on our website.

The pages we tested were:

  • Guidance
  • Contact us
  • Useful links
  • Data catalog explorer
  • PH documents
  • Map
  • Leeds JSA and supporting needs assessments