Accessibility Statement

This accessibility statement applies to the COSLA website (

COSLA is committed to making this website easy and convenient to use by people of all abilities and disabilities.

We are working to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Visitors to the website should be able to:

  • Change the colour of body text, background colours and contrast by changing the preferences in your browser
  • Change the size of the text using the resize option in your browser
  • 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
  • Understand the content easily

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

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 us at We will consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.

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

COSLA is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below:

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software (see section below)
  • Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.
  • you cannot skip to the main content when using a screen reader
  • some older videos don’t have captions.

PDFs and other documents

Our site contains many reports, publications and leaflets which are available to download. Most of these documents are in PDF or Word format. Where these are not currently accessible, we will endeavour to fix them or replace them with accessible HTML pages by September 2020.

The accessibility regulations don't require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they're not essential to providing our services.

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

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations, however, where technology allows this we will implement.

Text size

The text size for this site can be changed using your browser. Follow the advice below for your chosen 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’;
  • Chrome: select the ‘More settings’ menu, then under ‘Appearance’ use the arrows next to ‘Page zoom’.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 21 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 21 September 2020.

We used Google Analytics to identify our most visited pages for manual testing.

Accessibility testing was carried out using third-party tools, Squiz funnelback and WAVE, on a sample of test pages.