Accessibility statement

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

This accessibility statement applies to the Audit Scotland website This website is run by Audit Scotland.

We believe that everyone should be able to access our work regardless of impairments or technical constraints. Examples of the accessible features on our website include:

Content and publications

  • Where possible, text has been used instead of images on this website. Content images include descriptive alt text attributes. Decorative images have been given null alt text attributes.
  • Navigation, page titles and subtitles, links and other elements have all been created using accessible hypertext markup language (HTML) and cascading style sheets (CSS). CSS allows precise formatting of HTML code in a way that does not confuse screen readers and specialised browser software.
  • To allow full user control over how text appears on screen, this site has been created using relative text sizes. You can change the text size using your browser settings, or magnify the layout using ReachDeck as described below.
  • We have started producing some of our reports in an Easy-read summary format, which can be downloaded from the report page as a PDF. If you require an Audit Scotland publication in an alternative format and/or language, please contact us at to discuss your needs.


  • Reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read large amounts of text on screen, and can simplify and magnify the layout so it is easier to read text
  • Reads aloud text from PDF documents
  • Translates text into a range of different languages and reads it in the selected language
  • Converts selected text into an mp3 recording which can be listened to later.

The ReachDeck button, can be found at the bottom-right of every page on our website. To use ReachDeck, click the button on the page and it will give you a toolbar (as shown below) where you can select various options. You can also change the settings to highlight text in different colours and alter the reading voice.

To find out more about ReachDeck and how you can use it, visit Texthelp.

British Sign Language plan

Our British Sign Language (BSL) plan details how we promote and support BSL in accordance with the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015. It also sets out the actions we have already taken and those we propose to take over the period 2018-2024. 

  Download our BSL plan - PDF 255Kb

 Text-only version of BSL plan - RTF 106Kb

Our BSL plan is also available in British Sign Language in this video:


Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliance(s) listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reason(s):

(a) non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some PDF documents do not provide sufficient colour contrast. This fails WCAG 2.0 AA success criterion 1.4.4: Contrast (Minimum). We are continually striving to improve our outputs. We continually review our PDF documents to improve accessibility. We offer alternative formats to our reports.

(b) the content is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations:

  • 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.
  • On some pages we have embedded videos from YouTube created by third parties that are outwith our control and may not include captions; users of voice control software may also have difficulty using some of the controls. Get more help using YouTube videos.
  • Our website draws content from X (formerly Twitter) which may include links without descriptive text. We have no control over the construction of these links.

If you require an Audit Scotland publication in an alternative format and/or language, please contact us at to discuss your needs.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was first prepared on 12 March 2024.

Accessibility tests were carried out by AbilityNet across key pages across our website. Pages are also monitored using automated testing tools by our website team.

The statement was last reviewed on 12 March 2024.

Feedback and contact information

If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, or if you need information on this website in an alternative format and/or language, please contact us at:

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).