This accessibility statement applies to the Covid-19 Inquiry website available at https://covid19.public-inquiry.uk as well as a survey available at https://share.covid19.public-inquiry.uk/s/your-experience
This website and survey are run by the UK Covid-19 Inquiry team. We want as many people as possible to be able to use these services. For example, that means you should be able to:
- 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 and survey 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 or survey in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
We’ll consider your request and respond within 10 working days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of these services. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact us at:
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).
If you are in Northern Ireland and are not happy with how we respond to your complaint you can contact the Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland who are responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’) in Northern Ireland.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The Inquiry is committed to making its website and other web services accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website and other web services do not meet all of the relevant success criteria up to and including level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1.
We will aim to resolve any issues you experience in using these services as soon as possible.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Two separate rounds of internal accessibility testing against the WCAG 2.1 success criteria have been conducted on the website and ‘Share your experience’ survey, and all known issues uncovered up to and beyond level AA have been resolved. This does not mean that there won’t be an issue for some with navigating the services’ pages or using their functionality.
- Some PDF documents on the Inquiry website may not be fully accessible to users. If you experience any issues, please contact the Inquiry using the contact details provided below and we will aim to provide an alternative format.
- You cannot modify the line height or spacing of text in the website.
- Checkboxes and radio buttons in surveys are programmed as list items making their relationship and purpose harder to identify. As a result, it will take more time to navigate the survey if you are using a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).
If you encounter any issues navigating these services or using their functionality please don’t hesitate to contact us:
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
The UK Covid-19 Inquiry will monitor accessibility on a regular basis for the lifetime of the inquiry and keep this statement up to date in accordance with this process. A full accessibility audit will be carried out in June 2023 and this statement will be updated.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 21 January 2022 and last updated 16 November 2022. This website was last tested on 26 January 2022. The test was carried out by our design partner Design102 on 26 January 2022 and a further check was carried out on 26 January 2022 by the Cabinet Office. It was last reviewed on 15 February 2022 by the UK Covid-19 Inquiry team. The survey linked above was last tested on 10 November 2022.