Accessibility Statement - Meetings

Greater Manchester Combined Authority is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (external website)

This accessibility statement applies to web pages that begin with democracy.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk (external website) which is managed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority. 

This website is made up of:

  • Software that is designed by Civica, for example the overall navigation and the structure of the web pages.
  • Content that has been added by Greater Manchester Combined Authority, for example most of the information, including words and documents.

Read more about Accessibility and Moderngov (PDF, external website).

Please visit AbilityNet for advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

In August 2022 we updated our Civica software to the latest version (1506.5) to ensure compliancy.

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:

(a) Non-compliance with the Accessibility Regulations

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

Documents

Some documents published after 23 September 2018 are not accessible for the following reasons:

  • Missing alternatives text on images and graphs. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content
  • Headings are not nested properly. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships and 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks
  • Tables do not have headings or contain merged cells. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content and 1.3.1 Info and Relationships

Due to legal requirements, we are unable to update these documents as once published on democracy.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk they can not be replaced. However, if you do find a document that is not accessible, please contact us and we’ll consider your request and get back to you.

We are committed to ensure all documents published after 1 October 2020 will meet accessibility standards.

Navigation and accessing information

You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.12 Text Spacing.

(b) Disproportionate burden

We do not have any claims of disproportionate burden in place for this site.

(c) The content is not within the scope of accessibility regulations

The accessibility regulations (legislation.gov.uk) do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. 

Preparation of accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22nd September 2020 by the GMCA Governance Team. This website was last tested on 23rd June 2020. The test was carried out internally by Greater Manchester Combined Authority using a mix of manual and automated testing. We checked a sample of pages on the website, including documents. This statement was last reviewed on 7 November 2022.

Feedback and contact information

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, or if you need information on this website in a different format, please contact us:

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

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).