Disproportionate burden assessment for Annual Statement of Accounts


It is a legal requirement for the council to publish its Annual Statement of Accounts on its external website.

Benefits of creating an accessible version

The benefits of creating a HTML version of this PDF would be:
  • A fully accessible version for all users to access
  • An easily searchable and indexable version

Burden placed on the organisation

The statement of accounts is produced on an annual basis, so it would take a disproportionate amount of a content designer's time to create a new HTML version of this PDF document each year.

There is a statutory deadline by which the council's statement of accounts needs to be published on its external website. So each year there would be a very limited timeframe after the accounts have been produced and to then convert the information into HTML before the statutory deadline.

Contributing factors

Other factors relevant to this decision are:
  • We will continue to assist with accessible versions of the statutory accounts on request.


This is a technical document used for assurance purposes and so it should continue to be uploaded as a PDF.

If you need any of the information from the PDF provided in another format, contact finance.management@colchester.gov.uk.

Page last reviewed: 22 February 2023


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