Accessibility testing

As a minimum, all components and patterns have passed automated tests for conformance with WCAG 2.1 level AA.

New components and patterns are tested against WCAG 2.2 level AA and also tested manually using:

  • WAVE browser extension
  • axe DevTools
  • VoiceOver
  • VoiceControl
  • Zoom on Mac

Any known issues or special accessibility considerations will be described in the guidance for the relevant pattern or component.

For more about building accessible services see the DWP Accessibility Manual.

Accessing this website

We use GitLab Pa11y CI in our pipeline to run automated tests for WCAG 2.1 level AA conformance on this website every time it is published.

In October 2021 this website was reviewed by the DWP Accessibility Standards and Strategy Team. Read the accessibility statement

Get in touch

If you’ve got a question, idea or suggestion email the Design System team on