Accessibility statement

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under About this website.

This accessibility statement applies to gatesheadhousing.co.uk

This website is run by The Gateshead Housing Company. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. We’ve 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:

  • Some images are missing alternative text
  • The contrast is insufficient in places (white text on blue background, light grey text on white background)
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the maps on our ‘housing offices’ page

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 involve@gatesheadhousing.co.uk
  • call 0191 433 5357

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

If you cannot view the maps on our ‘housing offices’ 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 Communications Team. [provide both details of how to report these issues to your organisation.

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

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

Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Gateshead Housing Company 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, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

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 are working on a new website and do not intend to amend the old content on this site. However, when we publish new content we’ll 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).

Interactive tools and transactions

Our “MyTGHCaccount” service and our repair reporting service are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website.

Registering, viewing and bidding for a new home – these actions are all carried out through third party software.

Making a payment is carried out through third party software.

Disproportionate burden

PDFs and other documents

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. We are building a new website and do not intend to amend the old content on this site. However, any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contracts are up for renewal.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are in the process of building a new website, which will have significantly increased compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. The only non-compliance we envisage will be caused by uploading old PDFs.

This new website will be live no later than summer 2021.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 05/10/20. It was last reviewed on 05/10/20.

This website was last tested on 06/10/20. The test was carried out by The Gateshead Housing Company Communications Team.

We tested the following pages, because they cover the range of actions and features of the website. They are also some of the most business-critical pages.

https://www.gatesheadhousing.co.uk/

https://www.gatesheadhousing.co.uk/in-your-home/rent-and-benefits/

https://www.gatesheadhousing.co.uk/find-a-home-in-gateshead/

https://www.gatesheadhousing.co.uk/get-in-touch/

https://www.gatesheadhousing.co.uk/your-housing-office/