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Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you can:

  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to the website using your own screen reader

Text size

You can change the text size for this site using your browser:

  • Internet Explorer: Select the "View" menu, then "Text size"
  • FireFox: Select the "View" menu, then "Zoom" or "Zoom text only"
  • Safari: Select the "View" menu, then "Make text bigger" or "Make text smaller"
  • Opera: Select the "View" menu, then "Zoom"

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.


We have made every effort to ensure this web site is easily readable using 'plain english'.

How accessible this website is

This website is compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Some third party components embedded in the pages contain some code that is not fully compliant. (This should not affect your practical experience of using the site.) These include:
    • Google Captcha widget on the register page that confirm you are a human
  • Links in the global footer are only distinguished by colour, and are not underlined.
  • The 404 Not Found error page may scroll sideways on small screens.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. Contact us if you find a problem not listed on this page, or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) enforces 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 any complaints, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Astech Consultant's CMIS team provide the CMIS platform which Midlothian Council use to upload their data onto. Both parties are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

We are aware of an A compliance issue with the 3rd party Google Recaptcha control on the register page for CMIS. This error is in relation to the inline styling used on the control. The error states that this issue cannot always be resolved however it should be where possible. In this instance this is not possible. It should not affect your practical experience of using the site. 


  • A 1.3.1 Info and Relationships: HTML is used to format content


  • A 1.3.1 Info and Relationships: Content not included in landmarks
  • A 3.3.1 Error Identification: Aria-atomic="true" missing on error container
  • A 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value: Redundant WAI-ARIA attribute

Disproportionate burden

There are many PDFs on the website that we are obliged by regulation to publish quarterly and annually. Historically these were not screened for accessibility. While we make every effort to ensure accessibility of all newly published documents, it would be a huge task to retrospectively make them all compliant.

PDFs and other documents

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. For example, we do not plan to fix historical annual or quarterly financial reports.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are in the process of aquiring automated scanning software which will scan for accessibility issues every 5 days. Among other things, it flags accessibility issues with new content, such as inappropriate text formatting and misleading link wording. We will fix these issues as soon as possible after they occur. This scanning of the site will be provided by SiteImprove.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 25 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 25 September 2020.