Accessibility statement

This statement applies to the Boundary Commission for England consultation website (

This website is run by the Boundary Commission for England, an independent body sponsored by the Cabinet Office. 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 400% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just 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)

We’ve also 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.

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; or
call 020 7276 1102

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

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:

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

The Boundary Commission for England 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 accessibility guidelines’), 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

  • On the Home page, the auto-complete field is not set up for screen readers (WCAG reference 3.2.2 On Input);
  • On the Home page, the ‘Search by region’ input field’s placeholder text has insufficient colour contrast of 4.47 (foreground colour: #777777, background colour: #ffffff, font size: 12.0pt (16px), font weight: normal). The expected minimum colour contrast ratio for text of this size and weight is 4.5:1. This applies to every instance where this colour combination occurs (WCAG reference 1.4.3 Contrast [Minimum])
  • On the proposals page, for keyboard-only users, the ‘Make a Comment’ link uses an invisible link without focus (WCAG reference 2.4.3 Focus order);
  • On the Comment page, an element receives focus between the ‘Add files…’ button and the ‘I understand…’ checkbox, which can be disorientating for users who may be unable to determine where their focus is on the page (WCAG reference 2.4.3 Focus order);
  • On the Comment page, the ‘Add files…’ button is not recognised by standard Dragon voice commands, because the visible label does not match the programmatically associated label. Users are also unable to access the element using the ‘Click button’ voice command. This means that users would be required to use commands to control the keyboard or mouse which can be time consuming and difficult (WCAG reference 2.5.3 Label in name);
  • On the Cookie controller, checkboxes in the menu are not logically grouped and attributed (WCAG reference 1.3.1 Info and Relationships);
  • On the Cookie controller, the ‘Save preferences’ and ‘Accept all cookies’ button elements contain aria-label attribute values that do not reflect the visible labels. This means that voice activation software may not recognise the elements when users attempt to access the elements using standard voice commands (WCAG reference 2.5.3 Label in name);
  • On the Cookie controller, the ‘No, give me more info’ form element is not descriptive enough for screen reader users to identify its function or purpose (WCAG reference 2.4.6 Headings and Labels);
  • When viewing the site on a mobile device, the user cannot zoom in on the non-map elements of the site (WCAG reference 1.4.4 Resize text);
  • A number of links on point to publications hosted on our separate regular website, and some of these are in a non-accessible form pdf form (fails a number of WCAG criteria).

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

  • The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
  • The interactive mapping element of this website and the tools that relate directly to its use are not within scope, as online maps and mapping services are exempt by virtue of paragraph 4(2)(d) of the accessibility regulations. Users may encounter multiple barriers to use of the mapping tools and their functionality that we are aiming to resolve in the light of the attached accessibility audit report. We will keep this statement updated as and when these items are resolved.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We want to make sure our online service fully meets and exceeds the minimum standard of accessibility for all content on the website. We are currently working to address the  non-accessible content listed above. These are expected to be completed by the end of June 2021, whereupon we will update this statement.

The map - and tools that relate directly to its use - are a visualisation of the proposals we make in our formal reports. We make the text reports of these proposals available via our regular website. These are an alternative for those with difficulty accessing or understanding visual representations of those proposals: we provide signposts and links to these text descriptions of the proposals from this website.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 7 June 2021. It was last reviewed on 7 June 2021.

This website was last tested on 3 June 2021. The test was carried out independently by the Digital Accessibility Centre. You can read the full report (PDF document).