Accessibility statement for Finance Support application form
This service is part of the wider nidirect website. There is a separate accessibility statement available for the main NI direct website.
This page only contains information about the nidirect Finance Support Service.
This statement applies to the Finance Support service web based application form which is accessible via the NI Direct website.
This application is run by the Department of Communities. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible. The text should be clear and simple to understand.
When accessing the application through the web browser, you should be able to:
- zoom in up to 300 per cent without problems
- navigate most of the application using just a keyboard
- navigate most of the application using speech recognition software
- use most of the application using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
Some non-standard codes have been used in the development of this form but these should not affect user experience.
How accessible this website is
Part of this web application is not fully accessible. For example:
- As this is an application form, there is no ‘skip to content’ option on any page. The application form must be filled in question by question as designed and the inclusion of this option may cause the user to lose all information input prior to submission or saving.
How to request content in an accessible format
If you need information in a different format contact us by calling Finance Support on 0800 587 2750 and advise us of:
- the web address (URL) of the content
- your name and email address
- the format you need, for example, audio CD, braille, BSL or large print, accessible PDF
Reporting accessibility problems
We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this application. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us by calling Finance Support on 0800 587 2750 and we will investigate the issue.
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’) in Northern Ireland.
If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI).
Technical information about this web application’s accessibility
Nidirect is committed to making its website and applications accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This web based application form is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliance listed below.
Non-compliance with the accessible regulations
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations.
The content that is not accessible is outlined below with details of:
- the accessibility problem(s), and
- where it fails the success criteria
Level A - 2.4.1 Bypass blocks. Because this is an application form there is no ‘skip to content’ option on any page. The application form must be filled in question by question as designed and the inclusion of this option may cause the user to lose all information input prior to submission or saving.
We have no plans to include a ‘skip to content’ option as it is not appropriate for the reasons stipulated.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
As a web application published after 23 September 2020 we are required to comply with the web accessibility regulations.
PDFs and other documents
How we tested this website
This website was tested for compliance using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level A and level AA, and Microsoft accessibility guidelines. These tests have been carried out externally and independently.
This web application was last tested between 4 May 2021 and 10 May 2021. The test was carried out by Expleo who used the Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
Maintaining an accessible site is an ongoing process and we are continually working to offer an accessible and user friendly experience.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 2 August 2021. It was last updated on 17 August 2021.
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer, mobile phone or tablet. These are known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
If you have disabled cookies or pop ups on your browser, you will have to enable them to complete this application form.
Cookies are used to improve services for you by:
- remembering your progress while you are using the online service for security purposes
Cookies we use on Finance Support
When you start an application form for Finance Support, we will set cookies to remember your progress while you are using the online service.
To help you move between screens and only see the information you need, we will set cookies that personalise our service for you.
These cookies are encrypted and deleted once you have completed the session or when you close the browser.
- use an internet access device in your Jobs & Benefit’s office on which cookies have been accepted
- claim Finance Support over the telephone
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