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Our policies

We have a number of important corporate policies which apply to every part of the Ongo group.

These are all approved by our Board and reviewed on a regular basis to make sure they are kept relevant and up-to-date.

Policies relating to Ongo Homes can be found here.

All our policies are available to view below and to download.

  • Complaints

    We will always do our best to get things right and provide an excellent level of service to all our customers. However, we recognise that things may sometimes go wrong and there may be a reason to complain. If you have a complaint and are one of our tenants or a leaseholder, your complaint will be handled in line with our Ongo Homes Complaints & Feedback Policy

    If you have a complaint in respect of one of our Commercial companies (Ongo Roofing (trading as Ashbridge Roofing Solutions) or Ongo Heating & Plumbing (trading as Hales & Coultas), you should refer to the Commercial Complaints Policy.  

    If your complaint is in relation to a non-landlord or non-commercial service provided by Ongo then please take a look at our Ongo Group Complaints Policy

  • Data protection

    We are responsible for collecting, processing, storing and safe-keeping personal and other data as part of our business activities. 

    We manage personal information in accordance with the retained EU Law version of the General Data Protection Regulations (EU) 2016/679 (“The GDPR”) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (“The DPA”) and are registered Data Controllers with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

    The GDPR and DPA control how personal information we hold on our customers and staff is used. Everyone using the data has strict rules to follow, called Data Protection Principles. We will make sure all the data we hold is:

    • Used fairly, lawfully and in a transparent manner;
    • Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not processed in a manner which is incompatible with those purposes;
    • Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purpose the data is being used for;
    • Accurate and, where necessary, up to date;
    • Kept for no longer than is necessary; and
    • Kept securely so that data is protected against unauthorised use, accidental loss, destruction or damage.

    Full details of our responsibilities and policy for handling data can be found in our Data Protection Policy and Appendices (1, 2, 3, 4, & 5).

  • Environmental impact

    We take our environmental responsibilities really seriously and are committed to protecting biodiversity, eco systems and promoting sustainable development. 

    Our Environmental Policy will ensure that we:

    • Recognise our contribution to meeting sustainability principles and the part we play in protecting the environmental inheritance of future generations
    • Measure our Carbon Foot Print and seek ways to reduce it
    • Promote sustainable principles in new development
    • Minimise waste from our business operations
    • Extend energy and water efficiency principles in our building design
    • Seek new opportunities to improve the conditions of our housing stock and immediate surroundings
    • Promote sustainable transport amongst our staff and customers
    • Provide energy saving, waste minimisation and water conservation advice to our customers
    • Encourage the environmental awareness of our staff and customers
    • Reduce environmental risk arising from accidents and business activities
    • Create, maintain and promote environmental purchasing principles in our business activities and for the benefit of our customers
    • Promote improved environmental performance by contractors and suppliers

    Our Environment Management system is compliant with ISO 14001, its scope covering the provision of rented accommodation, maintenance and construction services, tenancy management, and recruitment services. For further information, just click here.

  • Equality & Diversity

    As a customer-focused business, we aim to ensure all our customers and staff have equal and fair access to our services.

    This is what we believe to be equality: creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential without fear of being disadvantaged.

    We also recognise and value the differences that people bring to our organisation and strongly believe that a diverse community is a vibrant and successful one.

    Our Equality & Diversity Policy sets out our approach to ensuring we meet our equality and diversity commitments and comply with the Equality Act 2010.

    • Our Working Group

      We have a team of staff and customers who meet quarterly to make sure we are meeting our commitment to being a fair and diverse business.

      Along with arranging training and awareness events, they also quality check our policies, making sure our services are accessible, and come up with recommendations for ongoing improvements.

    • Working with suppliers

      Whenever we look to take on a new supplier, or award a contract to another business, we will ask them for a copy of their Equality & Diversity Policy or Guidance.

      This is because we expect business working with us, or representing us, to have the same high standards and commitment to treating everyone fairly and without discrimination or prejudice.

    • Awards & accreditations

      We are proud to have achieved not only Investors in Diversity, but Leaders in Diversity too.

      This is an important accreditation awarded by the National Centre for Diversity.

  • Modern Slavery Statement

    The UK Parliament passed the Modern Slavery Act in March 2015 with the objective of consolidating and extending current offences relating to slavery and human trafficking. A provision of the Act is that businesses with a minimum annual turnover of £36 million have to produce a statement setting out the steps they have taken to ensure there is no modern slavery in their own business or their supply chain. Our statement can be accessed here.

    This statement will be published each financial year.

    We also have a policy to support the statement.

  • Privacy Policy

    Privacy Policy (Website)

    At Ongo we take our responsibility of protecting your privacy very seriously. We protect any personal information you give us while you are using our website.  This privacy policy tells you what to expect when we collect personal information from visitors to our website.

    Important information about us:

    Ongo Partnership Limited is made up of different legal entities, details of which can be found here.  This privacy notice is issued on behalf of the Ongo Group so when we mention Ongo, "we", "us" or "our" in this privacy notice, we are referring to the relevant company in the Ongo Group responsible for processing your data.  Ongo Partnership Limited is the controller and responsible for this website.

    We have appointed a data protection officer (DPO) who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the DPO using the details set out in the “Contact Us” section below.

    What personal information we collect:

    We may collect, store and use the following types of personal information from visitors to our website:

    • Identity data – this names, usernames or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth and gender;
    • Contact Data - includes billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers;
    • Financial Data - includes bank account and payment card details;
    • Transaction Data - includes details about payments to and from you and other details of products and services you have purchased from us;
    • Technical Data - includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website;
    • Profile Data - includes your username and password, purchases or orders made by you, your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses;
    • Usage Data - includes information about how you use our website, products and services;
    • Marketing and Communications Data - includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us.

    How we collect personal information:

    We use different methods to collect your personal information. These include:

    • Direct interaction with you – You may give us your Identity, Contact and Financial Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you apply for our services, create an account on our website, request marketing materials be sent to you, enter a competition, promotion or survey, or give us some feedback; and
    • Automated technology or interaction - As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies and other similar technologies.

    How we use personal information:

    We will only use your personal information when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

    • Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you;
    • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests; or
    • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

    Generally, we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than in relation to sending third party direct marketing communications to you via email or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time.

    Analysing visits to our website:

    When someone visits www.ongo.co.uk we use a third party service, Google Analytics to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site.  This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone.  We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.  If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this.  We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

    Use of cookies:

    We use cookies on this website to give you a better online experience. This includes recognising you when you sign into your account, remembering previous actions such as text entered into a form and understanding how users access our website in order to improve online services. You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly.

    Our search engine:

    Our website search feature is powered by Umbraco. Search queries and results are logged anonymously to help us improve our website and search functionality. No user-specific information is collected by us or any third party.

    E-newsletters and marketing:

    Where you have consented for us to do so, we may send you e-newsletters to tell you about important information affecting you as a customer or alerting you to an event or issue you may be interested in. You can unsubscribe to these newsletters by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ button which appears at the bottom of the email at any time. 

    We use a third party provider, MailChimp and Survey Monkey to deliver our e-newsletters and surveys. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter.

    Blogs and comments:

    The posting of personal information as a comment to an article or as a blog means your information will be publicly accessible and can be viewed and collated by third parties. We are not responsible for the behaviour of any third party or for the publication of any information you have published on our website.  We strongly advise you against publishing any personal information, such as full name, age and address.

    How long we keep personal information:

    We do not hold any personal data longer than necessary, having considered the purposes for processing. Our Data Retention Policy lists the length of time we keep information for.

    A copy of our Data Retention policy is available upon request.

    Your right to access personal information:

     You can find out if we hold any personal information about you by making a ‘subject access request’ under the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679. If we do hold information about you, we will:

    • Give you a description of it;
    • Tell you why we are holding;
    • Tell you who it has been disclosed to; and
    • Let you have a copy of the information in an intelligible form.

    You may also have the right for your personal information to be transmitted electronically to another organisation in certain circumstances.

    You can request access to the information we hold about you at any time by contacting us (please see contact details section below). Please mark your request for the attention of our Data Protection Officer.

    Your rights:

    If you believe that any of the personal information we hold about you is incorrect, you have the right to ask us to rectify that information at any time.

    You may also have the right, in certain circumstances, to request that we delete your personal information, to block any further processing of your personal information or to object to the processing of your personal information. There are some specific circumstances where these rights do not apply and we can refuse to deal with your request.

    If we are processing your personal information based upon your consent (e.g. as part of our marketing or promotional activities or to make a voluntary referral to an external agency), you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

    If you require any further information about your right to rectification, erasure, restriction of or object to processing or you wish to withdraw your consent please contact us (please see contact details section below).

    Complaints:

    We take any complaints we receive about the collection and use of personal information very seriously. We would encourage you to bring it to our attention if you think that our collection or use of information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate.  You can make a complaint at any time by contacting us (see contact details section below).

    If you think our collection or use of personal information is unfair, misleading or inappropriate or if you have concerns about the security of your personal information, you also have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office. You can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office at the following address:

    Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

    Contact us:

    You can e-mail us at enquiries@ongo.co.uk or write to us at the following address:

    Ongo House, High Street, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 6AT.

    Tel: 01724 279900

    We have appointed a Data Protection Officer to oversee our compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact us using the details above.

    Click here to view our Data Protection Policy.

  • Privacy policy - My Home

    At Ongo we take our responsibility of protecting your privacy very seriously. We comply with the relevant data protection laws when dealing with your personal information. This means the personal information you provide by completing this form will be processed in accordance with the law and our data protection policy.

    By continuing to use My Home you are giving your agreement to the terms of this privacy policy.

    What information do we collect and why?
    We will use the personal information which you supply to us to identify you, manage your tenancy, process any requests you make and personalise your use of My Home. This will also include updating your tenancy records based on the information you provide where appropriate. We may also use your information to inform you about important changes affecting you as a tenant and, if you agree, as part of our marketing and promotional activities.
    You can update your communication preferences at any time in the change my details section of My Home or by contacting us directly.

    Who might we share your information with?
    We sometimes also share your information with our partner service providers who work for us to deliver services to you, such as gas servicing companies.

    Your personal information will not be shared with third parties (other than as described above or as required by law) unless you agree.

    We reserve the right to share your personal information if we are legally required to do so. This includes providing information for the purposes of preventing and detecting fraud.

    Security
    We have strict procedures and IT security measures in place to prevent unauthorised access to your information, which are tested on a regular basis, however no transmission of information over the Internet is completely secure and any information you do transmit to us, is at your own risk. You can help keep your personal information secure by keeping your password and account details private and by logging out of your account after use.

    How can you access your information?
    You can request access to the information we hold about you at any time by contacting us directly.

    You can email us at enquiries@ongo.co.uk or write to us at: Ongo House, 26-30 High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6NL.

  • Terms & conditions

    Terms & conditions - Competitions & giveaways

    Every once in a while we like to run competitions, promotions and giveaways. Each one comes with an important set of Terms & Conditions (T&Cs) to make sure they are run transparently and fairly.

    Here you will find the T&Cs for our different competitions, promotions and giveaways.

    • Key News July 2021 survey competition

      Date competition opened for entries: 30 July 2021

      Date competition closes for entries: 27 August 2021

      Format of competition: Completion of the survey that is available at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/keynewsjuly2021 or on page 18 of view.pagetiger.com/DigiNews/key-news-july-2021

      Winning prize: A £30 voucher of the winner's choice

      1. These terms and conditions apply to the competition - entry to the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions, therefore, please read carefully.
      2. No purchase is necessary.
      3. The promoter of the competition is Ongo Partnership Limited, registered in England and Wales under company number 08048224, whose registered office is at Ongo House, High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15
      4. The promotion is open only to tenants of Ongo who are UK residents (excluding employees of the Promoter, third parties involved in the Promotion and their families).
      5. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
      6. To enter the competition, you must complete the survey and fill in your details at the end. Entry can only be done once and contact details must be provided.
      7. The competition will run from 30 July 2021 until 27 August 2021 (“the closing date”). Entries received after the closing date will not be accepted.
      8. The winner shall be notified via email on week commencing 30 August 2021.
      9. In the event that any prize is not claimed after two weeks of being notified, the winner and/or runner-up shall forfeit the prize and the promoter may select an alternative winner and/or runner-up.
      10. There shall be no cash alternatives to the prize although the promoter reserves the right to substitute the prize for that/those of equal value.
      11. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the Promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
      12. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
      13. The promoter’s decision is final and the promoter shall not enter into correspondence with respect to its decision. The promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify or exclude any individual for inappropriate behaviour including but not limited to:
      • Tampering with the entry process, (including exceeding any limitation on the numbers of entries allowed), or any other process, which, in the opinion of the promoter in any way affects the fairness of the promotion;
      • Tampering with the operation of the promotion or the website of the promoter;
      • Violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines on the social networking site;
      • Acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person;
      • Submitting entries on behalf of another individual; or
      • Any conduct which would put other entrants at an unfair disadvantage.

          14. Personal data supplied during the course of the promotion will only be used for the purposes of the administration of the promotion but may be passed on to third party suppliers only insofar as required for fulfilment/delivery/arrangement of the prize. Please read the privacy notice on our website for more information. https://ongo.co.uk/corporate-information/our-policies/privacy

          15. The winner may be required to take part in reasonable publicity in connection with the promotion, including the publication of their name(s), geographic location and photograph.

          16. The promoter accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Promotion or accepting the prize. The promoter further disclaims liability for any damage to your or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the promotion.

          17. The promoter shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control.

          18. The promoter shall not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by the winner in connection with the prize including but not limited to travel, accommodation or refreshments. Where the prize involves use of a third party’s goods or services/attendance at a third party’s venue, the winner will comply with any additional conditions applicable to attendance at/participation in an event/venue.

          19. The promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with SurveyMonkey, Twitter or Facebook.

    • Community Grants

      Date competition opened for entries: 1 January 2021

      Date of competition closed for entries: 29 January 2021

      Winning prize: up to £2000 grant

      1. This prize is to be won through completing the form on the website and submitting your video entry.
      2. The competition will require entrants to complete the video and submit their details to be entered in the competition.
      3. No personal data will be held for anything other than the purpose of contacting the winner and making arrangements to visit them to give them their prize.
      4. The competition is open to every person that completes the form within the North Lincolnshire area
      5. All employees and their close relatives of Ongo Partnership Ltd, Ongo Homes Ltd, Ongo Commercial Ltd, Ongo Communities Ltd, Ongo Recruitment Ltd, Ongo Heating & Plumbing Ltd (trading as Hales and Coultas Heating and Plumbing) and Ongo Roofing (trading as Ashbridge Roofing) are excluded from entering the competition. A close relative includes a spouse or partner, child, parent or sibling.
      6. Ongo Partnership Ltd nor any of its subsidiaries in any way endorses Amazon and this competition should not be considered any form of recommendation or endorsement.
      7. The winner will be selected at random from all the responses received by Ongo. Their decision is final.
      8. The prize includes a sum of up to £2000.
      9. The winner will be notified by email.
      10. The panel will meet in February to make decisions and the winners will be notified by email no later than the end of February 2021.
      11. We will give five working days once we have notified the winner for them to respond to visit and present their prize. If we are unable to get in touch/they do not get in touch with us we will repeat the draw once and notify the new winner.
    • Random acts of kindness prize draw

      Random acts of Kindness prize draw
      Date competition opened for entries: 8 February 202
      Date of competition closed for entries: 21 February 2021
      Winning prize: 10 x £20 Hamper/300 x Hand written card

      1. These terms and conditions apply to the competition - entry to the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions, therefore, please read carefully.
      2. No purchase is necessary.
      3. The promoter of the competition is Ongo Communities Limited, registered in England and Wales under company number 08619739, whose registered office is at Ongo House, High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15.
      4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and condition
      5. This prize is to be won through completing the form on the website and submitting your video entry.
      6. The competition will require entrants to complete the form and submit their details to be entered in the competition.
      7. No personal data will be held for anything other than the purpose of contacting the winner and making arrangements to visit them to give them their prize.
      8. The competition is open to every person aged 17 and under that completes the form within the North Lincolnshire area. 
      9. All employees of Ongo Partnership Ltd, Ongo Homes Ltd, Ongo Commercial Ltd, Ongo Communities Ltd, Ongo Recruitment Ltd, Ongo Heating & Plumbing Ltd (trading as Hales and Coultas Heating and Plumbing) and Ongo Roofing (trading as Ashbridge Roofing) can enter this competition on behalf of their kids.
      10. The winner will be selected at random from all the responses received by Ongo. Their decision is final.
      11. The prize includes 10 hampers for 10 individuals and up-to 300 hand written cards
      12. The winner will be notified by email.
      13. Promoters’ decision is final.
      14. The panel will meet in February to make decisions and the winners will be notified by email no later than the end of March 2021.
      15. We will give five working days once we have notified the winner for them to respond to visit and present their prize. If we are unable to get in touch/they do not get in touch with us we will repeat the draw once and notify the new winner.
    • World Book Day prize draw

      World Book Day Prize Draw
      Date competition opened for entries:
       4 March 2021
      Date of competition closed for entries: 10 March 2021
      Winning prize: 20 x chocolate and book.

      1. These terms and conditions apply to the competition - entry to the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions, therefore, please read carefully.
      2. No purchase is necessary.
      3. The promoter of the competition is Ongo Communities Limited, registered in England and Wales under company number 08619739, whose registered office is at Ongo House, High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15.
      4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and condition
      5. This prize is to be won through commenting on the Arc and/or Viking Centre Facebook page; this must include a photo.
      6. The competition will require entrants to comment with a photo to be entered in the competition.
      7. No personal data will be held.
      8. The competition is open to every person aged 17 and under within the North Lincolnshire area.
      9. All employees of Ongo Partnership Ltd, Ongo Homes Ltd, Ongo Commercial Ltd, Ongo Communities Ltd, Ongo Recruitment Ltd, Ongo Heating & Plumbing Ltd (trading as Hales and Coultas Heating and Plumbing) and Ongo Roofing (trading as Ashbridge Roofing) can enter this competition on behalf of their kids.
      10. The winner will be selected at random from all the responses received by Ongo. Their decision is final.
      11. The prize includes 10 chocolates and 10 books for 10 individuals at both sites; The Viking Centre, Barton and the Arc, Westcliff.
      12. The winner will be notified by Facebook.
      13. Promoters’ decision is final.
      14. The panel will meet in March to make decisions and the winners will be notified by Facebook messenger no later than the end of March 2021.
      15. We will give five working days once we have notified the winner for them to respond. If we are unable to get in touch/they do not get in touch with us we will repeat the draw once again and notify the new winner.
  • Transparency

    It is important to us that everyone can see how we operate and has open access to our policies and financial statements.

    We want everyone to be able to see that we run our business fairly, efficiently and effectively.

    Read our Transparency Policy

    Ask a question

    Any personal information you provide to us on this form will be treated in accordance with current UK data protection law and our data protection policies, procedures and privacy notices in place from time to time. For full details of how we will use your personal information and comply with current UK data protection law please see our privacy notice. A copy of our privacy notice is available at www.ongo.co.uk or on request.

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  • Web accessibility

    Last updated: 10 August 2021

    This accessibility statement applies to Ongo.co.uk. Our website has been designed with everyone in mind, regardless of ability. We’ve also taken on board best practice on web accessibility.

    We have worked hard to make sure everyone can access the website, including people with sight or hearing difficulties and those with dexterity issues, as well as for use of different devices.

    Much of the content has been proofread by our own customers, to ensure it is written in a way that is easy to understand and without any jargon.

    We know parts of this website are not fully accessible and that some older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software, these can be requested on demand if required by emailing prdept@ongo.co.uk

    If you have any comments or suggestions for further improvements on the content, we would love to hear from you. Please email prdept@ongo.co.uk

    Conformance statement

    When designing and developing our website we have taken guidance from the technical standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG) and the The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

    In February 2020, the Ongo.co.uk website was audited against these standards and various changes were made, which included:

    • changing the site's colour scheme to ensure the colours were contrasting enough to enable those with colour blindness and colour vision deficiencies to access the site better
    • ensuring that the website worked well when zoomed in to 200%
    • enabling the site to be accessed through a keyboard only, for those that have dexterity issues and are unable to use a mouse or a tablet.

    We test the site regularly to make sure we are working towards these standards.

    Image Alt text

    We have taken the decision to only use Alt text when images convey important information. We don’t use it on purely decorative images as this is unnecessary and serves to make screenreaders busier than they need to be.

    Feedback

    If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact us by emailing digital@ongo.co.uk. You can also use this email address to contact us about any other accessibility problems on this website, or if you think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements.

    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).

  • My Home Accessibility

    Last updated: October 2020

    This accessibility statement applies to myhome.ongo.co.uk. Our customer portal has been designed with everyone in mind, regardless of ability. We’ve also taken on board best practice on web accessibility.

    We are working hard to make sure everyone can access our online portal, including people with sight or hearing difficulties and those with dexterity issues, as well as for use of different devices.

    Much of the content has been proofread by our own customers, to ensure it is written in a way that is easy to understand and without any jargon.

    We know some parts of our online customer portal are not fully accessible and that some features are not fully accessible to screen reader software - and we are working on this to make sure they are all accessible.

    If you have any comments or suggestions for further improvements on the content, we would love to hear from you. Please email digital@ongo.co.uk.

    Conformance statement

    When updating and any new development to our customer portal we are taking guidance from the technical standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG) and the The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

    In August 2020, the myhome.ongo.co.uk website was audited against these standards and various changes were identified, which include:

    • changing the site's colour scheme to ensure the colours were contrasting enough to enable those with colour blindness and colour vision deficiencies to access the site better
    • ensuring that the website worked well when zoomed in to 200%
    • enabling the site to be accessed through a keyboard only, for those that have dexterity issues and are unable to use a mouse or a tablet.

    We are actively testing the site regularly to make sure we are working towards these standards.

    Image Alt text

    We have taken the decision to only use Alt text when images convey important information. We don’t use it on purely decorative images as this is unnecessary and serves to make screenreaders busier than they need to be.

    Feedback

    If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact us by emailing digital@ongo.co.uk. You can also use this email address to contact us about any other accessibility problems on this website, or if you think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements.

    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).

From time to time, we will consult with our customers, staff and partners to ask for feedback on a new policy we are writing, or if we are making amendments to an existing policy.