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Accessibility statement

The Pensions Regulator's (TPR) accessibility statement.

Published: 23 September 2019
Last updated: 10 May 2022

10 May 2022
Removed resolved issues from 'How accessible our online services are' section. Removed resolved issues and revised some dates under the 'Non accessible content' section.

28 January 2022
Added two items to issues listed under the 'How accessible our online services are' section.

21 December 2021
Included a review of services published before 22 July 2021.

23 September 2020
Included a review of services published before 23 September 2018.

23 September 2019
Included a review of thepensionsregulator.gov.uk domain which was published after 23 September 2018.

We want our online services to be inclusive so as many people as possible are able to use them. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of our services using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of our services using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of our services using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We’re also working to make the text on our services as simple as possible to understand.

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

This statement applies to the following domains:

  • thepensionsregulator.gov.uk
  • exchange.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk
  • trusteetoolkit.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk
  • education.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk
  • autoenrol.tpr.gov.uk
  • review.tpr.gov.uk
  • help.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk
  • automation.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk
  • blog.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk

How accessible our online services are

We know some parts of our online services are not fully accessible. Here are the main issues which could have an impact on some users:

  • some form labels are not properly associated with their input elements
  • some components are not keyboard operable
  • some PDF documents are not accessible
  • some SVG images receive focus twice in Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
  • some controls have a role and state which is not conveyed
  • some error identifications on validations are not immediately clear

What to do if you cannot access parts of our online services

If you need information on our online services in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille contact us.

We will acknowledge your request within five working days and respond to you within 20 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our online services. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements contact us.

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 our online services and accessibility

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

Our online services are partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

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

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

Problem identified WCAG 2.1 AA success criteria When we plan to fix it

Main page sections are missing landmarks.

List items marked up as separate lists.

Sortable table buttons must convey how data is sorted.

Labels are not correctly associated with input elements.

Use required and invalid attributes to convey information. 

1.3.1 info and relationships

By June 2022

When the sequence in which content is presented affects its meaning, a correct reading sequence can be programmatically determined.

1.3.2 meaningful sequence

By June 2022

The purpose of input elements collecting personal information cannot be programmatically determined. 1.3.5 identify input purpose By June 2022
Information is only conveyed by colour.
1.4.11 non-text contrast By June 2022
Some components do not supply enough colour contrast. 1.4.3 colour contrast By June 2022
Rollover content is only displayed on hover.
2.1.1 keyboard navigation By June 2022 

The links in the navigation flyout menus are read by screen reader software, whether they are shown on the screen or not.

SVG images receive keyboard focus in Internet Explorer 11.

2.4.3 focus order

By June 2022

HTML non-compliances may have an impact on the accessibility of the page.

4.1.1 parsing By June 2022
The role and state of some controls is not correctly conveyed to some assistive technologies. 4.1.2 name, role, value By June 2022
Error messages must be conveyed automatically to screen reader software users. 4.1.3 status messages By June 2022

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

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value). 

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 older research documents.

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

How we tested this website

Our online services were last tested between 22 July and 26 August 2021. The testing was carried out by a company called CIVIC.

We audited a selection of 18 pages (and associated documents) from across TPR’s website and blog. We chose this sample of pages to include as many different types of content and audiences as possible.

We tested the following services and content:

Homepage

  • TPR homepage

Automatic enrolment

  • Automatic enrolment - employing staff for the first time: Step 2
  • Employer Contributions

Business advisers

  • Business advisers landing page
  • Automatic enrolment earnings threshold

Trustees

  • DB and mixed benefit (hybrid) scheme return

Document library

  • TPR Strategy: Pensions of the future
  • Automatic enrolment detailed guidance
  • Employer duties and defining the workforce: An introduction to the employer duties

Accessibility statement

  • Accessibility statement

Work for us

  • Current job vacancies
  • Azure Data Engineer

Press release

  • Press release: Trustees and advisers urged to help shape climate-risk guidance

Search results

  • Search results page

Cookies

  • Cookie preferences
  • Cookie banner

Blog

  • Blog homepage
  • Blog post: How can we help all savers get good pensions outcomes?

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are developing an accessibility roadmap to show how and when we plan to improve accessibility on our online services.

We routinely test all new components, templates and functionality to ensure they are accessible before we use them on the website.

We will continue to use an automated performance monitoring service to alert us to any significant accessibility issues.

Our online services will continue to be audited on a regular basis by an independent accessibility expert.