Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to content published on

This website is run by Leeds City Council. We want as many people to be able to use this website as possible. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • Use the website on most modern browsers and devices
  • Navigate most the website using just a keyboard
  • Navigate most the website using a screen reader
  • Navigate most the website using speech recognition software
  • Zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen

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:

  • Some images on our website do not have alternative text
  • Some text is hard to read due to insufficient colour contrast between the text and background colour
  • There isn’t a way to bypass repeatable content (the header and navigation) when using only a keyboard or screen reader software
  • The focus styling of interactive elements isn’t always obvious

Date for improvements

We aim to fix our accessibility issues by 13th July 2021.

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

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, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Website language

The website hasn’t specified what language the content is written in, this could affect some screen reader users. This fails WCAG 2.1 3.1.1 Language of page (A).

Colour contrast

Text should have a minimum contrast ratio of 4.5:1 and we have a number of pieces of content that doesn’t meet this contrast ratio. For example:

  • the navigation has off-white text against a pink background
  • the text in the logo is white against a pink background

This fails WCAG 2.1 1.4.3 Contrast minimum (A).

Bypass repeated content

There is no mechanism to bypass repeated content such as the header or navigation when using a keyboard or screen reader software. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.1 Bypass blocks (A).

Browser titles

The browser titles (the text that appears in your browser tab) only includes the site name and not page title. This can make it difficult for users to switch between tabs. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.2 Page titled (A).

Focus styling

The focus styling is not obvious or consistent across different browsers. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.7 Focus visible (AA).

Link text

Some links on our website are not descriptive enough when taken out of context or we have included multiple links next to each other taking a user to the same destination. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.4.4 Link purpose in context (A).

Homepage carousel

The carousel auto scrolls with no functionality to pause, stop or restart the carousel. This fails WCAG 2.1 2.2.2 Pause, stop, hide (A).


Some images on our website do not have alternative text or have insufficient alternative text. This fails WCAG 2.1 1.1.1 Non-text content (A).


Some headings are not in a logical order or not marked up using the correct HTML for headings. This fails WCAG 2.1 1.3.1 Info and relationships (A) and 2.4.6 Headings and labels (AA).

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 [30th June 2020]. It was last reviewed on [30th June 2020]. This website was last tested on the 30th June 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 the site.

The pages tested were:

  • Homepage
  • About
  • News
  • How to boss a job interview
  • Partners
  • Leeds Employment Hub